Top Seven Tips for Wedding Flowers … giving you maximum impact on minimum budget

Flowers can have a huge impact on a wedding but they don’t need to cost the earth. Yes, florists are amazing and they earn every penny of their fees; with early mornings, hours of preparing and conditioning flowers, designing, sourcing and purchasing the best flowers and that’s all before they’ve created an arrangement and set-up floral installations or delivered beautiful bouquets to you.

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Flowers can have a huge impact on a wedding but they don’t need to cost the earth. Yes, florists are amazing and they earn every penny of their fees; with early mornings, hours of preparing and conditioning flowers, designing, sourcing and purchasing the best flowers and that’s all before they’ve created an arrangement and set-up floral installations or delivered beautiful bouquets to you.

But you really can create maximum impact on minimum budget by following my seven top tips:

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Bottles with single stems and a touch of greenery and candles. Simple, effective and stylish
  1. Less is more. Don’t think that the bigger the floral display the more impact it will have. Smaller floral details can have just as much impact as large arrangements. Such as using single stems of flowers in individual vases or bottles can create a truly striking look. 
  1. Go green. Greenery is all around us. So, keep things green by using lots of foliage. Some foliage such as eucalyptus is more expensive but using ivy from gardens of friends and family is a great budget cutter. 
  1. Go natural. Whilst you’re out grabbing the greenery, look around and see what natural flowers are about. Finding anything from flowers to feathers, fir cones to ferns can give your wedding a natural look and, best of all, looking luscious and expensive without spending anything.

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    Hand-tied bridal bouquet of roses, lilac and peonies in blush, burgundy and white, made by Tabby at Mode for…
  1. Grow your own. Granted, it can be a little riskier and you don’t want to be reliant on home-growing your complete crop of wedding flowers, but some home-grown elements can be really effective and give a super, personal touch. Flowers such as roses, sweet peas, peonies, cornflowers and narcissi can work well for the green fingered bride or groom. 
  1. Keep it seasonal. Staying away from expensive, exotic or out of season flowers is a great way to control your flower budget. Research what’s around in the month of your wedding and select these flowers with lots of greenery. Think daffodils and tulips in March / April time for instance.
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Daffodils and single stems in green bottles. Huge impact and low cost for a March wedding.

 

  1. Go wholesale. If you’re lucky enough to know someone who can purchase direct from the flower wholesaler for you to arrange your own wedding flowers then this is a great option. You could also ask your florist or event stylist if they would consider supplying flowers to you conditioned but un-arranged so you can both save some money and hand the task over to any budding florist friends and family. 
  1. Be flexible. Most importantly, if you really want to cut your floral budget but still have flowers be flexible and wait and see what’s the most cost effective the week of your wedding. No-one will judge (or even know) if you’ve grabbed some flowers from the supermarket or your garden to create some small posies for vases and jars on a table. So be flexible, creative and have fun creating your unique floral arrangements and not just copying images of other wedding flowers you have seen in magazines and blogs.

Check out my Pinterest board for wedding flowers at: www.pinterest.co.uk/modefor/wedding-flowers/

For more images go to: www.instagram.com/tabbyatmodefor or www.facebook.com/modefor

Enjoy the flowery loveliness.

Tabby xxx

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 Little Tropical Fun at The Arches

At Mode for… Events one of our most frequently spoken top tips has always been “Don’t plan your wedding day around the weather.” The weather should always act as the icing on the cake of a wedding, it should never be dependant on the sun shining gloriously or a crisp layer of white snow creating a picture-perfect image!

At Mode for… Events one of our most frequently spoken top tips has always been “Don’t plan your wedding day around the weather.” The weather should always act as the icing on the cake of a wedding, it should never be dependant on the sun shining gloriously or a crisp layer of white snow creating a picture-perfect image!

However, it can often feel serendipitous when the perfect weather for the style of the event happens to occur…

On the 26th May we opened the doors to The Arches for the wedding of Erin and Jordan and raised a glass to both their marriage and to the hottest and most beautiful day of the year so far! With the theme of the wedding being set as ‘tropical and brightly coloured,’ it was an easy brief to meet with regards to beautiful florals and greenery. Mode for…Event’s own styling featured a mixture of splendidly colourful flowers including sweet Williams complimented by vivid greenery such as ivy, eucalyptus and a sprinkling of moss. As an out of the ordinary tropical touch the banqueting tables also featured gold  sea creatures lovingly hand decorated by the groom. As temperatures soared to a balmy 27 degrees, you could definitely forgive guests for briefly confusing Yorkshire with the tropics while sat in our courtyard catching the sun and sipping ice cold drinks!

Tabby was in her element creating beautiful arrangements with the most vivid of flowers. As a request from Erin she used striking Ranunculus with a threaded finish for the bridal party’s buttonholes, with the addition of a variety of Lego pieces for the children’s buttonholes. The Lego pieces added a fantastically fun element to the buttonholes and allowed the suited and booted toddlers to have a bit of fun!

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Erin and Jordan had aimed to have a fun and relaxed day to mimic both their character and their relationship. We think it’s fair to say that all involved would agree that they by far exceeded their initial brief, and blew their guests away with the additional detail they went into to assure all guests had an amazing day. From glitter face painting supplied by ‘Wish Upon a Sparkle’, to fantastic live music supplied by ‘Bare Brass Band,’ from flamingo topped naked cakes supplied by ‘Sweet Sugar Sixpence’ to our favourite VW camper van photobooth, Herman, supplied by ‘The Volkswagen Wedding Co.’ guests were entertained at every stage throughout the day! Plus, two ‘Arches firsts’ as we even welcomed a dance troop (featuring Erin’s Aunty) who kicked started the party in excellent fashion and a doggy ring bearer called Jack (the family’ Border Terrier) who also acted as Chief Videographer with a Go-Pro camera strapped to him (and he did an awesome job!).

Here’s to Erin and Jordan – may their marriage be as fun as their wedding, always entertaining, and with plenty of sunshine!

Love Abi xxx

Get the Look:

Venue – The Arches @ Dean Clough

Wedding Planning & on the day Coordination – Mode for…Events

Styling & Floristry – Mode for…Events

Food – Eat Me – Drink Me

Cake – Sweet Sugar Sixpence

Meringues – The Meringue Girls

Photographers – The Twins

Photobooth – VW Wedding Co.

Live Music – Bare Brass Band

Glitter Face Paint – Wish Upon a Sparkle

Tables – All Things Borrowed

 

 

 

Stairway to a Perfect Wedding – Brooke & Arron, April 2017, The Arches @ Dean Clough

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For me, an empty space is a bit like a playground. The only thing an empty space can be limited by is a lack of imagination. However, not everyone has the ability to look at an empty space and realise that the possibilities are endless, and that with a little hard work and TLC you can create anything you want!

Working as the in-house coordinators at The Arches @ Dean Clough, myself and Tabby often have the privilege of watching a couple fall in love with the venue, and when we saw this moment with Brooke and Arron (who married in April), we also witness their minds beginning to race with ideas on how they could use the ample space and beautiful industrial backdrop The Arches offers to create the vision they had for their wedding day.

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You could tell that throughout Brooke and Arron’s planning they were thinking of how they could create a wedding like no other their guests had attended. There was nothing that this beautiful couple hadn’t thought of – the detail they went into was superb, and their guests LOVED it! I think the most touching of their decorative features was the ‘Stairway to Heaven’, which featured images of loved ones who were no longer with them. I think it’s safe to say they’ll have made everyone watching very proud that day!

However, for those of you who know the Mode for…Events Team, you’ll know that the key to our hearts is always food! They kept their wedding both fun and on trend with special features such as the increasingly popular ‘donut wall’ and the timeless cheese board as a late night snack. Not to mention the beautiful menu for the day created by our in house catering team, consisting of: Chicken Liver Paté served with Rustic Bread and Spiced Apple Chutney, slow cooked Featherblade of Beef with Mashed Potato and a delicious Glazed Lemon Tart with Clotted Cream and Summer Berries.

Alongside Herman the Volkswagen campervan photo booth (from The Volkswagen Wedding Co), Arron and Brooke also created their own photobooth using beautifully painted door frames and a basket filled to the brim with props!

With well over 150 candles featuring in the décor for the day, the venue really came alive as the sun went down and the guests lined the dancefloor with sparklers, perfectly framing Brooke and Arron’s first dance to The Courteeners “Take Over The World”.

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From both myself and Tabby, along with the team at The Arches, we’d like to say a massive congratulations to Brooke and Arron. It was an honour to have been involved in their wedding and we’re so happy that they’re now beginning married life together!

Abigayle xx