The Mode for… Events Top Three DIY Wedding and Events Venues

The Mode for…Events Top Three Wedding and Events Venues 2017


Now, it’s not unusual for you to hear me say I love a DIY wedding and events venue and I spend a lot of time researching great places where you can host your absolutely perfect, intimate and unique wedding or event without blowing your budget on grand facilities and gardens that you may never use.

I’m also a huge fan of the ‘dry hire’ venue because, to be quite frank, I don’t like being told what to do and which suppliers to use. I like the personal touch, creating a unique event with facilities that allow me to use the suppliers I love to work with or to be able to do things myself.

I don’t like to be told what menu I have to select from that only has 3 options and I definitely don’t like ridiculous bar prices for my friends to pay, so a menu of my favourite food and a free or realistically priced bar is a huge incentive for me to book a venue.

This was definitely the driving force and the brief in hunting for our own wedding venue  in 2015 and when hunting for venues for our own series of The MF Tasting Notes events in the last few months; I want blank spaces that would have a great feel about them, that I could personalise for the style of event, that I have complete freedom for food choices and no ridiculous bar or corkage charges.

I’ll be honest, that brief is not as easy as it may sound; these venues are tricky to find and they usually come on recommendation or luck! But I’m going to make it easy for you and give you my Top Three DIY wedding and events venues and save you some of the leg work in research.

These three venues, which are in no particular order because actually I love them all, are on point for creating a fabulous unique wedding or event. They have fabulous owners and staff and really give you the opportunity to let your creativity run wild and bring your wedding and event in on a sensible budget.

The Mode for… Events top three DIY wedding and events venues are:

1. Parwich Memorial Hall, Parwich, nr. Ashbourne

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Parwich Memorial Hall Photo by Olivia Photography UK

2. Hargate Hall, Wormhill, Buxton

Hargate Hall Photo by Adam Wilkinson Photography

3. East Keswick Village Hall, East Keswick, nr. Wetherby

East Keswick Village Hall Photo courtesy of EKVH

Still not sold on the whole DIY element of doing everything yourself? Don’t panic. We’ve got you covered. With services from planning to coordination, styling to catering, here at Mode for…Events we can arrange your whole wedding or event for you and take all the strain off you and you’ll still get that unique and personal style whilst sticking to a sensible budget. We take time to really get to know you and your family so we totally deliver your dreams.

Recent DIY bride Laura Stroud had this to say after her wedding in October at Parwich Memorial Hall: “We are so grateful for everything you did for us.  It felt like you were part of our family. We had the most perfect of days and we will always be so thankful that you made everything run so smoothly and you even smiled the whole day with us when we know you must have been exhausted!  I know I said it on Saturday, but I knew as soon as we met I could trust you with our wedding ❤️. I’m not sure many people could handle my OCD planning like you did!”

We actually supplied planning support, coordination, catering, floral bouquets and ran the bar for the wedding of Laura and Graham at Parwich Memorial Hall and we loved every minute. The hall itself is one of the best equipped and most beautiful halls we’ve had the pleasure to work in. It was so easy to deliver a perfect event there and we can’t recommend it enough. We’re also dying to go back and do another wedding or event there now we’ve found it, not just for the hall itself but the beautfully amazing village it’s in. Definitely a perfect location.

Hargate Hall obviously holds a special place in our hearts as it’s where Simon and I got married in 2016 but with around 17 weddings undertaken there now in the last two years, supplying planning, coordination, catering, floristry and styling we are always wowed at how every wedding is different and would recommend this venue to everyone that wants somewhere that everyone can come and stay and have a great big party in your ‘own home’ for the weekend and we know just how to make it work for every style of event.

Recent bride Tiffany Chevis said: “Thank you so much for all your hard work. It was the perfect day and we couldn’t have done it without you.”

East Keswick Village Hall is a very special venue and a real gem in the crown of village halls. With lovely people helping to run the hall, a fabulous space that really can be styled from rustic to luxury and a fabulously beautiful location it offers a wonderful opportunity for your wedding and events. With great facilities for you and your suppliers, this hall is a perfect choice and again it’s getting us a little bit excited as it’s also our venue of choice for our own ‘A Little Gin and Jazz’ and ‘Wines of the Wars’ events in January and March 2018. So, if you want to check it out, come and party with us at these events and see how amazing it is for yourself!

So there’s our Mode for… Events Top Three DIY wedding and events venues. Go check them out now and drop me a message with any DIY wedding or events questions you have. Or, got Amazon and check out my Guide to DIY Weddings here!

Happy planning!

Much Love

Tabby xxx

A Little Look Behind the Wedding Scenes

Taking you behind the scenes of one of our fabulous weddings with pictures and words

I love it when you see all the official pictures from a wedding or event and some of the photographers we get to work with are absolutely fabulous, like Georgia from Happily Ever Captured who photographed the wedding of Nicola and Neil Briscoe back in June at The Arches @ Dean Clough, who gave us these beauties.

I loved the wedding of Nicola and Neil and, as well as our usual planning and coordination duties, I also supplied all the floristry and styling, collaborating with one of my faves, Catherine from The Mindful Florist.

Most of all I loved Nicola and Neil; what an amazing couple with gorgeous children and fab family and friends, and when you get to really know a couple and trust each other, it allows you the opportunity to really be a part of everything and have ‘access all areas.’

That’s why, for a little change to the usual wedding blog, I thought I’d give you a photographic glimpse of ‘behind the scenes’ at a wedding, using the wedding of Nicola and Neil as an example.

As a wedding planner and/or coordinator you get to experience every part of a wedding; from fixing bridal underwear, dressing people, sewing up dresses, tying ties, pinning buttonholes, meeting and greeting guests, being the ‘fixer’ and ‘go to’ person, checking the behind the scenes in the kitchen and so much more, and for every ‘official’ photo you see of a wedding there is so much that goes on behind the scenes to make that shot happen.

Prior to the ceremony and once Nicola was changed there was a calm 20 mins of Georgia taking photos of Nicola and her two gorgeous flower girls…The official photos are beautiful, like this one of Nicola and her daughter Hollie….

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…. Calm, serene and moving… but check out all the behind the scenes shots and actions of plenty of people, including the amazing Cheryl Walker-Askew creating fabulous hair magic, to make sure children (and adults!) are neat and tidy, smiling and interested etc etc….

…. The flowers for the wedding were an amazing array of purples, greys, greens and whites and I always love getting together with Catherine from The Mindful Florist to work (it’s a great chat aside from the wonderful creative session it is!). The finished bouquets and floral displays were superb and even made Nicola shed a tear…..

…. Luckily, for once, the day of preparing the flowers was a nice sunny one so we got to play with floral loveliness outside….

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The food at The Arches @ Dean Clough crafted and delivered by the fabulous Eat Me – Drink Me always looks and tastes divine thanks to owner and Head Chef Tony and all his team…

….. but it takes a whole lot of active, creative and experienced people to get food this good….

…. and whilst the guests are happily eating, your suppliers, such as photographers and videographers, are busy getting all the important detail shots to make their work complete….

But remember, when you see the victorious and romantic pictures of first dances like this one…

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…. there’s every chance that cheer and laughter is not out of sheer joy of being newly married, but in fact due to a fire alarm triggering just at the moment you enter the dancefloor, leading to this…

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… you just never know! (thanks to the amazing Fire team always on hand and keeping us all safe).

…. and me? Well, on my weddings I’m everywhere, seeing it all, taking it all in and making sure everything runs smoothly to make a fabulous relaxed and memorable day for my couples….

…. Oh, and grabbing a sneaky selfie with the bride and groom!

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Much Love.

Tabby xxx



From Burdened to Breezy – It’s not Stressful when you’re Planning a Wedding that Suits!

The wedding of Georgie and Michael was simply perfect and it was a journey that went from wedding planning apprehension to relaxed perfection.

Georgie and Michael Congrats

As Georgie and Michael walked into a meeting with myself and Tabby a number of months ago it was clear they’d begun their wedding planning engulfed in apprehension. Was a formal wedding what they wanted? Were they both happy being centre of attention for the day? Was it possible to have all their friends and family there within their budget?

Although their package had technically already been agreed and the wedding booked, it seemed as though the weight of planning their own wedding still lay heavily on their shoulders. But one thing that was abundantly obvious was how much they loved each other and how they were ready to make the commitment to each other which declared their love to the world! Whether they knew the fine details of their wedding or not, they knew exactly how much they wanted to be together!

Armed and ready to take that burden off their shoulders myself and Tabby chatted with them at length about the way in which we could alter what they had so far planned in a way which made them more comfortable with their day.

The first hurdle came in the form of the guest list. Georgie and Michael were eager to have all their friends and family join them for all the celebrations and didn’t like the idea of having to separate guests between the day and the evening reception. However, this meant they were looking at a total of 150 guests attending their wedding, with a price tag that obviously reflected this (you guessed it, hurdle number 2…). We spoke through a number of ways in which we could make this work, but settled on the perfect solution: Georgie and Michael would have a 4pm wedding, which allowed all elements of their day to be pushed further down the schedule, and making the need for evening catering redundant! This drastically reduced the cost of having such a large wedding, and allowed them to have the wedding day they wanted without breaking their budget. A later wedding day also tends to have a more relaxed and informal feel to it – it reduces the chance of guests becoming bored while waiting for the next element of the day and takes away the necessity for additional elements, such as canapés, to make sure that guests don’t tip themselves over the edge while guzzling the bubbles.

This recipe for Georgie and Michael’s perfect wedding day worked a treat! Working in events herself, Georgie knew the importance of delegation for the sake of low stress levels and so had some fantastic friends on hand to help style and manage her day so that she could relax. Michael excelled himself by hand crafting the stunning wooden archway and surprised Georgie with the gift of an engraved stone plaque which took pride of place as the aisle centre piece under the arch.

The day was just as relaxed as this beautiful couple – they ate great food, drank lots of booze, played games, sang songs, and listened to fantastic live music! The day was filled with personal touches. A tree trunk was brought in for the friends and family who go skiing with the bride and groom to play the beloved game of ‘Nails’ (Google it! and don’t play it with children…), the bride’s uncle took control of the fantastic live music throughout the day, and friend of the happy couple, ‘DJ JD’, took the reins on the decks to kick off the party in the evening. Even the cake was hand crafted by loved ones who flew in from Malaysia to celebrate Georgie and Michael’s special day with them.  I think the icing on the cake for Georgie in particular was when her Dad shocked everyone by putting on a pre-dinner show consisting of a song written especially for their wedding. It was a real team effort to create the perfect day for them!

It was such a pleasure to have been able to get to know Georgie and Michael throughout the planning of their wedding day! The love they have for each other was so evident that it really was a joy to help them create their dream day, and an honour to watch them make their vows to each other. Georgie and Michael, congratulations! We couldn’t be more pleased for you. We wish you many years of blissful happiness together.

Abi xxx

The Details

Planning & Coordination: Mode for…Events

Venue: The Arches @ Dean Clough

Caterer: Eat Me – Drink Me

Official Photographer: Mark Dolby

Bridesmaids and BBQs


The wedding of Antonia and Sam in early June at Hargate Hall was a wedding with a difference for sure.

With plans to marry on the day in Bakewell with close family before a celebration ceremony at Hargate Hall for all the guests, things quickly changed in the preceding weeks when our gorgeous bride Antonia, who is from the USA, encountered Visa issues, so the couple and their close family nipped to New York to get married!


So, with the official business out the way, it left us to organise a fabulous outdoor ceremony (even with the rain!) led by a friend before a relaxed BBQ style meal in the marquee and a night of music and dancing in the house.

This was a marriage of two amazing families and everyone chipped in getting things prepared under the watchful eye of Tabby and Sam’s mum Maura. The family created amazing floral displays and the marquee looked fabulous.

There was a huge bridal party with a selection of amazing gowns, a super-sized wedding cake hand-painted by Antonia’s mum (plus some special jiggery-pokery with fishing wire to keep the cake stand suspended!) and a relaxed atmosphere created by the many American and English guests.


It truly was a great wedding and as the guests sat down to a feast of BBQ specialities such as brisket, chicken wings and pit beans, there was an air of happiness and contentment.

This was one fabulous and happy wedding.

Congratulations to Antonia and Sam and thanks for letting us be a part of your amazing wedding.

Tabby xxx

Get the wedding!

Venue: Hargate Hall

Planning & Coordination: Mode for…Events

Food: Mode for…Events in collaboration with Sons of the North


Chic, Elegant and Oozing with Ambience


Chic, elegant and oozing with ambience – Maddie and Asa’s wedding will definitely go down in The Arches history books!


The May bank holiday saw The Arches play host to the most weddings we’ve ever held in the space of three days, and we were astounded by how intrinsically unique they all were. If there’s one thing that never ceases to amaze The Arches team it’s how each couple interpret the space differently, making each event unlike the one before.



Maddie and Asa saw the potential The Arches held from the moment they first walked through the door, and from the seed of potential grew the grandest of plans to transform the space into a botanical candlelit wonderland. They knew from the off that they wanted a stunning floral arrangement to take centre stage at the base of their aisle, they knew they didn’t want a traditional archway, and they knew they needed someone they wholeheartedly trusted to turn their ideas into a reality! Enter Fiona Pickles of Firenza Floral Design armed with the brief “Surprise us!” And what a surprise it was to witness the transformation of the ceremony area…


Fiona’s creations are always individual, one off designs; using the treasures of her own garden (along with some from other English growers) the floral installation created at the base of the aisle was truly breath-taking and helped set the perfect tone for the wedding. With assistance from the lovely ladies at Moss & Stone, and Fox & Thorn Floral Design, Fiona hit gold with this dream team of fantastic florists.


It’s rarely seen as fortunate to have thunderstorms and heavy clouds on your wedding day, however I couldn’t help but feel as though the minimal sunlight allowed The Arches to come into it’s own as the building filled with the warm light glowing from a sea of pillar candles on the windowsills, and the fairly light canopies hanging from above.


With a Groom called Asa it only seemed fitting to have the banqueting tables lined with fresh Acer, which couldn’t have looked more elegant than displayed amongst vintage brass candleholders with black taper candles.


But it wasn’t just about style, elegance and atmosphere. As the day turned to night the vibe changed. With a glitter ball hanging above The Arches beautiful Yorkshire stone floor, and entertainment supplied by an outstanding DJ who happened to be a friend of Maddie and Asa’s, the party had well and truly begun!

Maddie and Asa: It was a pleasure getting to know you both and seeing the vision of your wedding day come to life, however it was an even greater pleasure witnessing the love between the two of you. Your wedding was only the beginning of your adventure; the real fun has only just begun…

Love Abi xx

Supplier Details:
Venue: Weddings at The Arches at Dean Clough
Planning & Coordination: Mode for….
Catering: Eat Me-Drink Me
Floristry: Firenza Flowers – Floral Designer (with assistance from Moss & Stone Floral Design and Fox & Thorn – Floral Design)
Official Photographer: Melia Melia Photography
Tables: All Things Borrowed
Cake: Neighbourhood Bakes
Bridal Gown: Eliza Jane Howell

A Sun Shining Festival Affair


The sun shone beautifully in early April and it was out to stay for the wedding of Anna and Mark at Hargate Hall on 8th April. What more could you need for a festival inspired wedding in the middle of the Peak District for the most fantastic couple and their party loving friends?

But this was a wedding with a difference as Anna and Mark had legally married two years before in Gretna Green when the couple discovered they were pregnant with their super awesome son Zeph; so this was the party to end all parties which they had always planned….and my, what a party it was!

It was late 2016 when Anna & Mark contacted us at Mode for…Events as a recommended catering and coordination supplier at our favourite Hargate Hall and they came to visit us at home for a meal and chat through all things ‘Hargate Weddings.’ It was so great to get to know Anna and Mark and little Zeph (who is the most amazing little guy!) and soon we were on hand to not only supply some fabulous food, but to also help plan and coordinate the whole wedding, including design, styling and all the floristry, with bouquets, buttonholes and much more.

Anna wanted lots of colour and fun to be evident and with a brief of colourful lantern canopied ceilings and festoon lights, Tabby got to work planning the big event. There was colour everywhere with giant paper lantern instalments in the marquee with ‘floating bottles’ with single stems of blooms and the tables were filled with different bottles and vases of Spring blooms.

In the main house, we created a canopied ceiling of paper lanterns (all with individual LED bulbs) and festoon lights and hanging coloured bottles up the staircase with Spring blooms and fireplace was trimmed with a range of different brightly coloured flowers.

The bridal and bridesmaid bouquets reflected the fun, relaxed, colourful nature of the day but also worked well with the pastel pink hue of the bridesmaid dresses. In terms of fashion, the whole bridal party looked immaculate and full of style and grace, Mark complete with his feather adorned top hat and son Zeph looked like the most handsome trendy little guy and a heartbreaker!

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As Anna and Mark were already legally married, the ceremony was a truly personal event led by ‘Uncle Bill’ complete with his anvil in a nod to the Gretna Green tradition. The ceremony was full of love, laughter and fun before guests emerged into the sunshine for drinks, canapés and photos with photographer Steven Rooney Photography (plus his wife created an awesome photobooth in the evening! What a super talented couple).

Next it was time to head along the lantern lined path to the marquee for speeches and a relaxed meal of Antipasti sharing boards and Red Pepper Pesto stuffed Chicken with Dauphinoise Potatoes and green beans. The weather was so fabulous it seemed a shame to stay indoors so we then served dessert on the terrace in the sunshine with sharing boards of lemon and chocolate tarts. Every crumb of food went…it was a triumph!

With hot tubs and slip and slides there was plenty to keep people occupied but these guests were all party goers, so with the biggest festival ready sound system you’ve ever seen at Hargate, it was time to party, party, party….in fact, when Simon and I returned at 9am the next day to pack-up, guests were still partying! Oh, what a night!! There night time fun was accompanied by some simple perfect grazing food of pork pie cake, pies and a cheese tower.

This was such a fun wedding party and we have loved every minute of working with Anna, Mark and Zeph and so proud of everything we created from planning to coordination, food and styling, plus some lovely flowery fun. Congratulations Mr & Mrs & Master Sekree from all of us at Mode for…Events.

Love Tabby xxx

We’re Hooked!

We don’t mind telling you that here at Mode for…Events we’re hooked on a new product launched into the bridal and festival market.

The 1st April 2017 saw the launch of the new range of subscription & gift bridal and festival boxes from The Hook Box Co. and they are quite simply divine!

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Created by two of our favourite #girlboss #tribe ladies Lisa and Katherine of award winning The Bobby Pin and The Bridal Market, these boxes are collections of  beautiful, handpicked gifts which will make your wedding planning, hen party, bridesmaid duties or Festival trip an absolute breeze.

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With everything ranging from magazines to beauty products, advice items for planning your wedding,  hen party essentials and Festival must-haves, each box is lovingly collated to offer the recipient a real treat.



So, what can you be ‘Hooked’ by?:


A Bride To Be Subscription Box priced at £25 per month (inc. P&P) and available on 3, 6 or 12 month pre-paid subscriptions. This includes planning tools (including our own Mode for…Events ‘Bride & Groom’s To-Do List’ fridge magnet!), a glossy wedding magazine, wedding and favour theme ideas, wedding stationery and beauty treats and a host of surprises.

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It’s a great investment for the bride herself planning her own wedding, or as a gift to someone you know who might like a little wedding inspiration.

A one-off Bride To Be Box, priced at £35 plus P&P which includes:

  • Planner postcards
  • A count down device that will help you see how fast your big day is coming
  • A glossy national wedding magazine to relax and gather inspiration
  • A lucky sixpence for your shoe
  • A sweet treat to keep your energy up
  • A tote bag to keep all your wedding plans together

A Bridesmaid Gift Box, priced at £35 plus P&P which includes:

  • Hair accessories
  • Glossy wedding magazine
  • Unique sweet gifts
  • Nail & Beauty treats
  • Fashion accessories
  • Surprises!


A Hen Box, priced at £35 plus P&P which includes:

  • Party accessories
  • Glossy wedding magazine
  • Unique sweet gifts
  • Beauty treats
  • Fashion accessories
  • Surprises!


A Festival Box, priced at £35 plus P&P which includes:

  • Non-permanent tattoos
  • Body glitter & Glo paint
  • Beauty treats for your lips and nails
  • Fashion accessories
  • Unique sweet gifts
  • Surprises!


What’s even more fabulous is you can also visit the on-line shop and add in more items to make your own bespoke and fabulous Hook Box!

This is a fabulously unique service and we’re truly in love with the products. Well done Hook Box Co. (we like to call them ‘Hookers!’). Everything is spot on with the branding and the product and content is fantastic! We also had a great day styling all the product shots that were taken by the fabulous FKB Photography. Here’s a sneak behind the scenes of Tabby making the shots look ‘just right!’


So, what are you waiting for? Go and order your own Hook Box gift or subscription box straight away!

You can also visit the Hook Box Co. Facebook  and Instagram pages for more information.

Tabby xxx


It’s All About Time…

Super excited to have been asked to write an article as part of the And so to Wed (The Cafe – And so to Business) business takeover week and I think this is valuable advice for anyone trying to juggle their time, especially those with their own business. It’s completely based on my own experiences and the continual work/life balance journey Simon and I are on;

Read and Enjoy!

Lots of Love

Tabby xxx

When a Concert Just Isn’t Enough….

A week on from being in Switzerland working with the fabulous musicians of the Echo du Jorat Brass Band, I’ve been pondering why the concert Simon and I took part in had such a huge impact on me when, to be quite frank, the idea of playing in a brass band concert in the UK leaves me somewhat cold these days.

That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed a couple of the last concerts I’ve played in here in Blighty. Before Christmas I had the great pleasure of playing for the Rothwell Temperance Band in two concerts and well, what a band that is! A superb standard band with a great Musical Director that puts a little twist on the musical choices to keep programmes fresh, plus a full, appreciative audience. What a great combo!

The fact is though, I loved our Switzerland gig because it wasn’t just a concert. It was a whole performance and event packaged up with every element that made the musicians and audience happy and wanting more.

For years, bands, choirs and other musical groups in the UK have put on a concert for audiences to enjoy, but with a decline in audience sizes, less disposable income for people to spend on attending concerts and let’s face it, a general apathy towards supporting the arts, concerts are struggling to compete with other social invitations.

Maybe it’s just because groups are not offering the paying guests enough? Maybe it’s time for a shake-up and to think outside the box.

The format for our Swiss adventure went something like this….

8.30pm – Concert… A great concert in two halves with new music, easy listening music, great soloists (all of which did an encore of their entire solo again). During the interval, there was the usual drinks, raffle etc… everything you’d expect to help ‘up the revenue.’

11pm – Concert finishes. Lots of happy musicians and very happy paying guests…none of which leave the venue….

So, what happens next you may ask? Well, it was at this point that everyone chipped in and seemingly this was just the beginning of the night… A local folk band started playing, people started dancing, the local food and wine was flowing, everyone had their role to play and there was a room of the biggest, happiest party I’ve seen in a while…and they were still going five or six hours later! It was truly brilliant and a tremendous, happy atmosphere.

But it isn’t rocket science to make it such a success; quite simply the concert wasn’t just a concert. It was a whole performance event and party which became a great celebration of music, food and drink.

Now, like the best culinary recipes, surely that’s the way forward with performances…simple quality ingredients put together well to create the ultimate sensation.

Food (and music) for thought…

Tabby xxx