A Little Announcement

As you all know Finest Detail Weddings & Events recently turned one and what a year it has been – topped of with me taking over the running of The Vintage Hen House in December.

The love for The Vintage Hen House has been fantastic and has meant my to do lists becoming that bit longer and my days feeling like they are over in just the blink of an eye. So, I made a little decision yesterday……

For the best part of this year, I have decided to focus on The Vintage Hen House in making it the ultimate go-to place for vintage and alternative hen parties.

Because I want it to be the best (it’s the perfectionist in me) I have decided to move my focus -for the time being – from Finest Detail Weddings & Events to focus more on The Vintage Hen House. I’ll still be here for any wedding/event related enquiries and you can still find me on the website at Finest Detail Weddings & Events.

I’ll be combining my Twitter accounts so my Twitter will now be @vintagehenhouse and my Facebook page will now be Tattybojangle’s Vintage Hen House.
Pop over and say ‘hi’.

Someone once told me not to spread yourself too thinly and do everything – for it not to be that great but instead focus on one thing, give it your all and make it amazing – and that’s just what I hope to do!

Claire xx

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1 today!

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Finest Detail Weddings & Events turns 1 today and to celebrate I’ve teamed up with two fabulous wedding suppliers – Anne from Violet & May Vintage and Nataliya from Akira Photography – for a little competition.

The Prize

You could win a gorgeous styled vintage tea party for six people complete with the hire of vintage china – oh and your very own photographer on hand for a mini photo shoot! In true pop up style, the tea party will travel to where you would like the celebration to be*!

How To Enter

Whether it would be to celebrate an engagement, or a family get together, a hen party or birthday tea – to enter this competition, pop me an email at Claire@finestdetailweddings.co.uk explaining what you would be celebrating at the vintage tea party and a bit of detail about it.

Entries close on 4th March 2013. Terms & Conditions apply – I look forward to reading your entries!

Claire x

The Small Print

The prize is not transferable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value.
Dates and availability dependant on the suppliers involved.
The prize consists of:
A 45 minute mini photo shoot at the tea party complete with 15 images on a disc. Further terms and conditions may apply from Akira Photography.
Free hire of vintage cups, saucers and tea plates for 6 people. Also teaspoons, tea knives, milk jug, sugar bowl, teapot and 2 cake stands.
Terms and conditions apply: Violet and May Vintage to be contacted within 14 days of prize being won; returnable deposit required to cover breakage/loss; China to be collected and returned to Cowden by hirer at mutually convenient times; China to be washed by hirer, by hand, and packed as found at collection.
Vintage styling by Finest Detail Weddings & Events
*The tea party will travel to a location of your choice, within Kent.
The winner will be contacted via email within 48 hours from the closing date.

On a budget for your wedding?

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Planning a wedding on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. I’ve teamed up with Akira Photography and a couple of other fabulous wedding suppliers to offer a package of wonderful discounts for your big day.

When you book your wedding photography with Akira Photography you’ll not only receive 10% off her wedding packages, but you’ll also receive a discount code enabling you to benefit from 10% off my last minute details package – offering you all the support in perfecting your wedding in the hectic final four weeks leading up to it – and I’ll even be on hand on the day too.

The package also includes discounts on your wedding flowers from Enfleur, bridal make up from Simply Beauty By Toni and wedding transport from Buttercup VW Camper Hire – what’s not to love?

See http://www.akiraphotography.co.uk/?p=3813 for full details
Valid for bookings up until March 31st 2013 for weddings in London & Kent

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Image credits – Akira Photography

FDW hearts 2013

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16 days in to 2013 (already?!) and lots to look forward to this year at FDW. Having taken over The Vintage Hen House in December, plans are in place to expand into Brighton and London early part of this year, with some fabulous new Vintage Hen Party Collections – not forgetting the glamorous Mad Wo(Men) inspired collection already in place in Birmingham!

Date for your diary – I’ll be at Belle’s Events’ Vintage Wedding Fair on March 24th in Hove – bringing inspiration for stylish vintage hen parties with The Vintage Hen House – so pop along and say ‘hi’.

I’ll also be helping to plan some local events this year and have some wedding related pieces planned too – FDW will also be celebrating its first birthday next month too – exciting!

Looking forward to a busy 2013 ahead!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas……..

Phototgraphy: Emmalouisephoto.com

Phototgraphy: Emmalouisephoto.com

I love this time of year – the sparkling lights, mince pies and cosy log fires – everything just seems that bit more magical! I also find myself looking back at everything that has happened in the past year and certainly in terms of Finest Detail Weddings & Events.

Launched in February, I have spent the last 11 months meeting wonderful suppliers, gaining a loyal following on Twitter (and getting my head around Facebook!) and planning everything from styled shoots to charity events and dishing out wedding advice too. Here’s my personal highlights from the last 11 months:

*My awesome (and very patient!) Uncle redesigning my website

*Spreading the Twitter love – I have found it fantastic and with over 1K followers I continue to be amazed by its potential

* Taking part in the Rock The Frock shoot with Akira Photography in March  – putting on my wedding dress again? What’s not to love!

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*Styling the Shabby Chic/Vintage shoot in August  – the sun shone, the venue was a-mazing and the results were stunning

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*Planning the No10 Bridal Charity Catwalk Show & Auction in September – I was blown away by everyone involved and their generosity meaning over £2k was raised for Breast Cancer Care

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*Taking over from Abbie Kilcline to run The Vintage Hen House earlier this month – just like an early Christmas Present but lots better!

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So as another year winds down, my planning head is already looking to 2013, which leaves me to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone that has supported Finest Detail Weddings & Events this year and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! I look forward to working with you all again next year!

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Edenbridge Christmas Spectacular – Saturday 8th December 2012

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It’s almost that time of year again…..colder days and nights, twinkly sparkly lights and the excitement felt by young (and old), yes Christmas is nearly upon us! Without a doubt this is my favourite time of the year and I have my planning head firmly on this year to help create the Edenbridge Christmas Spectacular.

Panto Stars at last year’s event

Live music at last year’s event

Photographs courtesy of Emma Louise Photography

Taking place on Saturday 8th December from 2pm in Edenbridge Town Centre, this year’s event is bigger than ever with something to get everyone in the festive spirit. Visit Santa Claus in his magical winter wonderland, see real reindeer, listen to carol singers, pick up some last minute Christmas gifts at the Christmas Market and watch as the town’s Christmas lights are switched on by a mystery celebrity. It’s all very exciting and as I work with everyone involved follow the updates on Twitter as the Christmas Spectacular comes to life @christmas_EB

No.10 Bridal Charity Catwalk Show & Auction {In aid of Breast Cancer Care}

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When No 10 Bridal, a bridal boutique in Farnham, asked me to help plan a charity catwalk show and auction I was excited by the challenge. With just a few weeks to do it all in and the event becoming bigger by the minute – with a venue change- from the boutique to the stunning Northbrook Park- and then sponsorship from Hitched.co.uk, I knew it had to be something special and raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Care.

Knowing who to call, from a florist to a live band, invitations to auction prizes, chair covers to cupcakes, I was blown away by everybody agreeing to kindly donate their time and services for the event, making it a truly spectacular evening for all involved and attending. With well over £2,000 raised in just 2 hours it was also a huge success for Breast Cancer Care too!

Venue: Northbrook Park, Farnham

Date: 19th September 2012

Timings of the evening:

1900 hours: Guests ate Cupcakes & drank Champagne in The Orangery listening to live music from The Versions. There was also Pink Lemonade served out of the glass drinks dispensers that I hire.

1930 hours: Guests moved into The Vine Room to watch the New Collections Catwalk Show, featuring the 2013 bridal collection from Madeline Issac James, Donna Lee designs and Mother Of The Bride and Bridesmaid dresses.

2000 hours: Guests moved back into The Orangery for the charity auction. There were some amazing prizes donated including a wedding dress from the 2013 Madeline Issac James collection, hire of a vintage taxi complete with chauffeur and make up packages, photography packages…… to name but a few! The Versions then closed the evening, with another fab set!

Here’s a flavour of the event from beginning to end, as captured by the brilliant Fiona from Jones & Co. Photography.

Behind The Scenes

The Orangery – this was transformed for the evening

Gaynor from Enfleur working on her floral displays for the catwalk show in The Vine Room

Laura from Ambience Venue Styling making the chairs for the catwalk show look pretty in pink

Liz from Stress Free Hire dressing and styling The Vine Room

Pete from DJ At My Party – sets up for the Catwalk Show

Hayley – our fab hairdresser

Joyce from Brides and Beauty working on one of the catwalk models

Toni from Simply Beauty By Toni, working on one of the catwalk models

Lisa from Lisa Hancox Make up works on one of the catwalk models

Rehearsal for the catwalk show

Sarah from Creative Candi puts the finishing touches to her gorgeous candy table

Cathy from The Style Station sets up her pretty table

Me and Roy, our toastmaster/auctioneer – running over the last few arrangements

The beautiful vintage taxi – one of the auction prizes – from Vintage Taxi Weddings

The Vine Room – ready for the doors to open.

Let the evening begin

‘Thank You’ just doesn’t seem enough for all the wonderful suppliers that got on board and supported the event – and for everyone who bought a ticket and bid for an auction prize. It was a fabulous night and it wouldn’t have been possible without each and every one of you! x

Thank you’s go to:

Everyone that attended, bought a ticket and bid for an auction prize

Northbrook Park – For being a stunning venue

No10 Bridal – Bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride outfits and accessories

Stress Free Hire – Lighting, drapes, pealights, indoor and outdoor styling

Roy Austin – Toastmaster and Auctioneer

Make Up Artists and Hairdressers:

Joyce and Hayley from Brides & Beauty

Toni Cassidy from Simply Beauty By Toni

Lisa from Lisa Hancox Make Up

Enfleur – Flowers in the Vine Room & Catwalk Bouquets

The Floral Emporium – Flowers for The Orangery

Tiers of Delight – Cupcakes

Ambience Venue Styling – Chair Covers & Sashes

The Versions – Live Band

Creative Candi – Candy Table

The Style Station – Urns for the tables in The Orangery

Glasshouse Stationery – Jo for the Invitations

Jones & Co – Fiona for the photography

DJ At My Party – Pete for being our Catwalk DJ

The Kent Event Hire Company – Table Linen

Hitched – Event Sponsorship

Auction Prizes kindly donated by:

Little Owl Loves

Pompadour Garter

The Style Station

Farnham Eyelashes

Susan Fowler Flower Preservation

Cherry Pie Lane

Lisa Hancox make up

Reflected Soul Photography

Lily Marie

The Vintage Sparkle Company

Evelyn Cole Flowers

Simply Beauty By Toni

Vintage Taxi Weddings

Simply Elegant

No10 Bridal

xx

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Supplier Spotlight – Violet & May Vintage

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I heart Anne’s vintage china since it was used in a Rock The Frock Shoot I was involved in earlier this year. Since then her china has featured in one of my recent styled shoots – pretty and elegant – her pieces are perfect for weddings and events. I caught up with her to find out more.

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Tell me about Violet and May Vintage and what you do?

Violet and May Vintage has evolved from a yearning to sell vintage china and homewares years before it was fashionable to do so.  Eventually I left my job teaching because I was unwell and it seemed a great opportunity to get involved in something I’d always wanted to do.  I came up with the idea of hiring out vintage china and glass for events, as well as some props to make the occasion authentically vintage.  After running the idea past some (honest) friends and my husband I decided to take the plunge, Violet and |May Vintage was born and I started buying lovely pieces for the business.  I now hire out china for vintage events including weddings and have china loaned out for shop displays and photo shoots in various locations in Kent and Sussex.

What areas do you cover?

I cover Kent Surrey and Sussex as well as parts of south London and being located on the border of all three counties means that I am easily accessible for all these areas. 

How long have you been collecting Vintage China?

I’ve collected vintage china since I was in my teens.  Both my grandmothers (Violet and May) had wonderful china and glass and I was fortunate to inherit pieces from them, also my mother sold antiques and  she would occasionally present me with a box of lovely pieces she had sourced from boot markets. I’m also in my element trawling round antique markets – Ardingly is a great favourite.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is flexibility and just working with things I love, plus the fact  the business is all mine and I only answer to myself, which is great.  I also sell at an antique shop and I love going there, but meeting clients and helping them make an occasion extra special is wonderful – I love the creative element, so being able to help clients arrange china and glass or supply tea pots full of flowers is an added bonus.  It’s also lovely to hear that people really liked the china and feel that it’s made an event special.

What advice would you give when hiring vintage china for a wedding
or event?

Be organised!  Many people organise an event, or part of it, themselves and don’t appreciate that even the little things take time.  Because vintage china and glass is more liable to crack or chip than conventional china you might hire, allow time and have people ‘in charge’ of unpacking, setting out and finally packing it up again.  Secondly, if you pay to hire vintage china make sure that you set it out so that the china can be appreciated by you and your guests – for example, cups and saucers look good on top of tea plates that match or compliment them – a pile of cups and saucers and piles of plates just doesn’t show them off properly, so think about space.  Like wise, set a table with other vintage objects – vintage glass vases or tea pots for flowers, pretty tablecloths, jam and cream dishes and cake stands or serving plates to set food out on, just makes it all look wonderful, as do lovely vintage glass jugs for water or Pimms. For a lunch or dinner add in serving platters and vegetable dishes.  Photos (perhaps old photos of the bride and groom or birthday ‘person’) in vintage look frames and bunting for a party or wedding also add to the theme.  And then there’s the vintage music……and the vintage wedding dress…..or ask your party guests to arrive dressed in 30’s or 40’s outfits.  I’ll stop there.

How do I get in contact with you?

Violet and May Vintage can be contacted through our website www.violetandmayvintage.co.uk , by email at enquiries@violetandmayvintage.co.uk or by phone 07981 250 758.  We are also on Facebook.

All images are taken from my recent styled shoot, using china from Violet & May Vintage. Photography: Nataliya – Akira Photography.

Supplier Spotlight – DJ At My Party

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I met Pete Hawkins, from DJ At My Party, when he kindly agreed to be our catwalk DJ for an event I was planning. I caught up with him to find out a bit more about the man behind the music.

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Tell me about DJ At My Party and what you do?

We provide bespoke mobile entertainment for Weddings, Corporate Clients & Private Parties the majority of our work is weddings and our experience tells us that brides need reassurance, not only that you have booked a professional wedding entertainer and reliable Disco/DJ, but one that will keep everyone entertained until you finally leave for your honeymoon to reflect on an amazing day. We feel choosing a professional wedding entertainer should be a two way process.  Your DJ needs to be understand your vision of how your perfect day will unravel and be remembered as a truly unforgettable day. At DJ At My Party we provide a  6-stage approach to weddings that has worked well for many customers and ensures you will have a great night to round off your special day.

We can provide you with anything from an all-day event where we are there through your Ceremony & Wedding Breakfast right to your music in the evening reception providing you with all you need making sure your day goes without a hitch or if you require just a disco at your evening reception.  A fantastic memorable wedding reception doesn’t just “happen”.  It needs to be planned and managed.  Brides have many questions to ask; indeed I have many questions to ask you and welcome the opportunity to explain the whole process and the costs for my services. Whether large or small we are here to make your day something you can remember for years to come.

How far in advance should I book my DJ?

Established DJ’s will be booked up months if not years in advance for popular dates. Generally Saturdays are the most popular day followed by Friday and Sunday.  The General rule is six to nine months in advance but my advice is to try & book your DJ as soon as you have a date & venue.  The main reason for this is that the evening entertainment can make or break an occasion. It is the last thing your guests will remember from your big day so it’s essential you choose your entertainment wisely.

How long have you been a DJ?.

I have been a DJ for over 30 years now and I have worked for various clubs. I have also spent a number of years working on cruise ships.  But over the last 10 years I have been putting my focus on providing bespoke entertainment to many brides & grooms around the country.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is meeting with the couple, talking through with them & seeing what their hopes & dreams are for their perfect wedding.  Taking their ideas & putting suggestions to how we can achieve it  then putting it to music .  Then attending their wedding day & seeing it all become a reality.

What advice would you give when choosing a DJ for a wedding or event?

Remember when booking a DJ you are paying for his or her experience to be professionally organised and have an ability to provide the right entertainment for the Bride & Groom and their guests. The DJ is generally the most important part of the function and may make or break your event. It is not as easy as it looks and being a good entertainer takes time & experience. I also normally suggest it is the best bet is to meet your DJ face to face. This is the best way to get to know if they are right for you.  You can also go over music and what you want from the event. There may be extra charges for this so make sure you find this out too.

Always ensure that the entertainment carries all the correct insurances E.g. Public liability Insurance (PLI) most venues normally ask for £10million, also they have an up to date Portable Appliance Test (P.A.T.). Also ensure you get a written contract this is a legally binding agreement between you and the DJ so if something goes wrong you have proof of purchase.  Also check the terms and conditions when signing and make sure you have access to them.

How do I get in contact with you?

I can generally be contacted via the numbers   Office: (01252) 416141 Mobile: (07768) 361485  Skype: djpetehawkins

E-Mail: pete@djatmyparty.co.uk

These are my website & Facebook etc. where you can find out more information on what I do.

Website:    www.djatmyparty.co.uk

Twitter:      www.twitter.com\djatmyparty

Facebook: www.facebook.com\djatmyparty