As part of our ‘Advice from the Experts’ feature, venue stylists Pebble in the Pond have joined us as our style experts, giving you the advice you need to think through and develop your wedding style. Here’s Emma to give you the spotlight on getting started.
“When we sit down with our bride and grooms for our initial ‘get to know’ you meeting over a cup of coffee or two, we like to get under the skin of who you are as a couple – the best weddings in our view are when every detail reflects who you both are, creating that individual, unique day that no other couple could host. We, being extremely nosy, like to get to know the following…
How much is the day about you two and how much about your family and friends? Bringing touches of your family and friends into the day is a lovely way to make everyone feel welcome. The family will love sweet peas from your grandma’s garden in vintage style tea pots to decorate the tables or dad’s home grown lavender sprigs tucked into a napkin.
What do you as a couple love doing? Music fans, why not recraft old music sheets into cones to hold real petal confetti. Teenage sweethearts? How about some old school nostalgia with small, reclaimed blackboards to display table numbers and your table plan and recycled glass platters filled with old fashioned sweets – 80s disco optional!
Think about where you are getting married and how you can make your day empathetic to that. Getting married in a place piled high with history? Transport your guests back in time by having a high tea served upon vintage crockery with china cake stands laden with goodies.Ivy from the garden is wonderful around candlebras and as a napkin decoration. If the venue has a kitchen garden or fruit trees, would it be possible to offer some wonderful produce as take home gifts? ‘Grow your own’ seed packets make gorgeous favours. Getting married by the sea? Decorative driftwood can make interesting tablecentres or why not use pretty shells at your place settings?
In planning a ‘greener’ wedding obviously seasonal is key and something we always bear in mind – there’s nothing more refreshing than arriving at an early spring wedding to be greeted at your table by ribbon wrapped, terracotta pots filled with scented narcissi after a long, dark winter. Likewise at an early December wedding, we can’t resist throwing in a touch of the ‘C’ word – cinnamon bundles tied with organic cotton lace, fragrant dried orange slices or vintage style tea cups filled with soy wax candles….”
How the Pebble in the Pond service works
Here at Pebble in the Pond, we can help you with as little or as much decoration and detail as you require – we pride ourselves on working with you to develop your own ideas, as well as throwing in a few of our own, to make your wedding as unique as you are.
We are a wedding venue stylist and have a wide assortment of beautiful accessories to compliment your day. These range from organic cotton tablecloths and vintage style print and lace table runners through to recycled glass centerpieces, vintage style crockery (tea cups and saucers, tea pots, cake stands etc), candlesticks, baskets – the list goes on.
All the items are for hire however we also offer a styling service where we can come and set up your venue the day before or the morning of your wedding so that you can enjoy your day, confident that when you arrive at your chosen venue it will look fantastic.
We also offer a wonderful range of unique and individual handmade favours which can be personalised to you.
In everything we do we try to be as environmentally friendly as we can. As many of our materials as possible are organic, reclaimed, fair-trade or locally sourced. We support local artists in the creation of our wonderful pieces and we give 5% of our profits to charity.