Five Things to Do in West Yorkshire this Christmas Season

five of the best things to do in West Yorkshire this Christmas

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I’m not going to lie, I love the festive season and personally it’s all about the build-up. There’s something rather uplifting about the Christmas season for me (even if it does now start super early but I’m not complaining!) from watching Christmas Movies on Channel 5 in the afternoon whilst I’m working (I’m the Queen of multitasking!) to the traditional selection of my very special Scotch pine Christmas tree with my now teenage son; I love this time of year.

I’ll be honest, it really is about that time from late November (OK, mid-November!) to Christmas Eve and over the years I’ve loved being involved in a huge array of different festive events, both professionally and socially and this year I plan to lap up as much Festive cheer as possible to keep me buzzing through the Winter months; and I don’t just mean I’m going to ‘Gin-gle’ all the way!

Therefore, based on events I’ve experienced in previous years, added with a little something new and always supporting friends, musicians, local creatives, businesses and venues, here’s my list of five things to do in West Yorkshire this Christmas Season.

So, what are you waiting for? Get booking your tickets, planning your days, shop independent and go and have some Christmas cheer.

Much Love

Tabby xx

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

The Rothwell Temperance Band

Annual Christmas Concert

With special guests Red Carpet Theatre Group

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December 2017, 7.30pm

Blackburn Hall, Rothwell

Tickets £7 / £6

Further details at www.rtb.org.uk

5 things to do this December

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Christmas Market at the Piece Hall, Halifax

3rd – 10th December 2017 (10am to 7pm)

Lots of independent makers and producers from across Yorkshire plus food and the fabulous Hygge Tipi serving food, drink and a whole host of Christmas chill factor.

Soak up the Christmas atmosphere and shop independent this Christmas.

Further details at  http://thepiecehall.co.uk/the-piece-hall-christmas-market

 

SECRET CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Leeds Hidden Christmas Market

Kirkstall Abbey

14th – 21st December 2017

A fairy tale themed market with added Christmas cheer. Live music, food, indie businesses selling products and a whole lot of creativity and fun.

Further details at www.facebook.com/LeedsHiddenMarket

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CREATIVE

Christmas wreath and arrangement classes

Leafy Couture, Otley

5th and 12th December 2017

The lovely Sarah ay Leafy Couture is the most amazing florist and hosts these classes at her flower school, giving you something creative, magical and festive to take home.

Further details at http://leafycouture.co.uk/leafy-couture-flower-school-dates-and-festive-classes/

 

PARTY NIGHTS

Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Party Night

Thursday 7th and 14th December 2017

The Arches @ Dean Clough

Festive Christmas Party Nights

£35pp

Includes: 3 Course Meal, Fun Casino Tables, Live Band ‘The Psycho Slinkys,’ and DJ

Further details at: www.thearchesdeanclough.co.uk

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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

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Hargate Hall Photo by Adam Wilkinson Photography

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

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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

Chic, Elegant and Oozing with Ambience

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

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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!

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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!’

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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