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10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Loved

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Loved

What do you remember most fondly from the last wedding you attended? Was it the bride's dress or car the couple left in? Or was it the amazing food, entertainment or location? We would predict that guests remember the little details that make them feel loved at any wedding - like they are a much appreciated attendee, and not just one of potentially hundreds of guests! 

So what can you do to ensure your guests are happy and remember your day for weeks to come? Read on for our top suggestions!

1. Provide Directions

Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you are given an invitation that you have absolutely no idea where it is, what the transport is like or even what type of venue you are going to? 
Forewarned is forearmed so at the very least a sat-nav postcode will be appreciated by your guests, as well as parking instructions, notes on public transport availability and whether they will be expected to move between venues on foot. 
10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Loved

2. Personalisation

Your guests will absolutely love it if you make personal touches about them. From a simple note on the inside of their place card (maybe reminding them what they pre-ordered for their meal!), to a personalised favour, keepsake or special touch on the day. 

3. Don't rush!

Spread your day out so that your guests can relax and move from one location to another freely. Herding guests from one place to the next in a rush is not only stressful for you and the organisers, but also the guests who don't know what to expect! An order of the day, combined with relaxed timings allow everyone to absorb the day as it unveils. 

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Loved

4. Keep them dry!

It goes without saying, your guests are unlikely to bring their own brolly to your big day so to rescue them from any downpours should they be outside at all, make sure they have access to something bright and beautiful to shelter under! 

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Loved

5. Provide a chill out zone

Not all guests want to spend all evening on the dance floor, or be shouting over the music if they want to sit with friends and family instead. Create a quiet zone where the more chilled out party-goers can relax with a drink whilst still enjoying the day. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness about their energy levels! To make it extra cosy, add in some blankets and comfortable touches. 

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Loved

6. Cater for their diets

Guests love an option. Champagne or pimms? Meat or Fish? Be flexible where possible with your catering so that guests feel catered for. In addition, a small plate of adult meal can be a nightmare for small children who are over-tired from such an exciting day, so try and persuade your venue to provide easy finger foods, or classic children's meals to make the wedding breakfast an enjoyable experience for guests and parents! 

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Loved

7. Take the pressure off 

What can you possibly do to make your guests feel like the day is for them? Obviously we know the big day is about the Bride and Groom, but you've invited the people you love to share with you, so try and make them feel special. Can you provide transport? Maybe children's entertainment so that the grown-ups can relax?

8. Reserve a room

In addition to the above, if you have guests travelling from a distance, reserve them a room at a local hotel. They don't have to take you up on it, but will appreciate the thought. Lots of hotels are very flexible with large block bookings in advance for weddings, so have a conversation with the reservations manager and see how they can support your guests. 

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Loved

9. Comfort is Key

Come rain or shine, your guests' comfort is key. Brollies are perfect to keep drizzle off a beehive, and the sun off bare shoulders. Blankets and flip flops are perfect additions for later in the evening, and snacks are always appreciated! 

10. Personal thank you

End the wedding celebrations a few weeks later by sending a personal thank you to your guests, and include either a link or print outs of a professional photo of them at your wedding. They will appreciate the memory and will be able to reminisce with you! 

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Loved

 

All images c/o The Curries

A Rich Jewel Toned Rehearsal Dinner with Asian Inspired Decor

A Rich Jewel Toned Rehearsal Dinner with Asian Inspired Decor

Today we have a stunning rehearsal dinner party to share with you! As part of their 'Romantic Secret Garden Inspired Wedding Weekend', this bride and groom chose to hold part of their pre-wedding party in the back garden! With modern Asian styling and flowers in jewel tones to match the decor.

A Rich Jewel Toned Rehearsal Dinner with Asian Inspired DecorA Rich Jewel Toned Rehearsal Dinner with Asian Inspired DecorA Rich Jewel Toned Rehearsal Dinner with Asian Inspired DecorA Rich Jewel Toned Rehearsal Dinner with Asian Inspired DecorA Rich Jewel Toned Rehearsal Dinner with Asian Inspired Decor

How fabulous do our Red Umbrellas look alongside this absolute gem of a bash? You can see the full wedding feature over on Style Me Pretty and the party in more detail here.  

Get the look

Bright, bold clashing colours in rich tones, glitzy brass and gold accent and plenty of foliage are sure to give you an exotic and glamourous vibe! Check out our Pinterest board here to get inspired! 

A Rich Jewel Toned Rehearsal Dinner with Asian Inspired Decor

 

 

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Indian Tents | Floral Design | Photographer | Red Umbrellas

Behind the Scenes - Meet Rosie and the BrollyBucket Studio

Behind the Scenes - Meet Rosie and the BrollyBucket Studio

Today I am thrilled to be able to share our new video from PV films with you and have taken the opportunity to introduce myself and the BrollyBucket studio properly! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will let me know what you think of the video at the end? 

Behind the Scenes - Meet Rosie and the BrollyBucket Studio

Launched in 2011 on the outskirts of Glasgow as a premier wedding and event umbrella hire service, BrollyBucket means a lot to me and so it is my pleasure to share it with you!

Starting at Art School, my creative passion first led me to the world of visual and retail merchandising. The relationship between my team and high street stores allowed me to create something spectacular from nothing. It was a joy to work with colour, aesthetics and creating a ‘feel’ for the store.

And then… I fell in love.

Behind the Scenes - Meet Rosie and the BrollyBucket Studio

Behind the Scenes - Meet Rosie and the BrollyBucket Studio

I married my lovely husband Alex in St Andrews, Fife in April 2010. The weather was not favourable (April certainly 'Showered' that year!) and I invested a lot of time and expense in purchasing lots and lots of umbrellas to use on the day!

Little did I know, but my wedding brollies would become in high demand for many friends and family weddings! This demand for 'borrowing' created the concept and idea behind our umbrella hire service and has grown to create the business I now proudly own.

As well as sourcing lots of wonderful white umbrellas for our wedding, I wanted to make the umbrellas a feature and use them as decor. As an artist, the form, colour and look of the umbrellas was very important to my day, and I really wanted them to add to the overall aesthetic of the day. I really wanted to use them to flank the archway leading in to the church both as a focal point and for ease of use by my guests.

So, I also searched for lovely, modern umbrella stands which would look bridal and elegant sitting at the entrance. However, after a long search, my hunt failed! I couldn't find anything I liked! So my creative side kicked in and I would not be defeated, so I designed my own umbrella stands...the 'BrollyBucket' was born!

My design was an elegant cylindrical umbrella stand which looked fabulous and my white umbrellas stood proudly inside, waiting to be used!

My new-found business had of course to be named after it's signature item, the 'BrollyBucket'

Behind the Scenes - Meet Rosie and the BrollyBucket Studio

Based 20 minutes North of Glasgow is our brolly workshop, The Old Shed. 

Formally a derelict lambing shed, The Old Shed has been lovingly renovated and is now home to our brolly business. We work from both here and our office a few miles away.

Our studio is where all brolly orders are prepared, packed and stored, ready for each event.

Our studio and workshop is also our creative hub and we love to invite other people to use our studio. We often host styled photoshoots in the studio and are always looking to collaborate and work alongside others in the industry.

Since the very first day, I have worked tirelessly to build a helpful, friendly business which serves an abundance of lovely weddings and events Nationwide.

My background in art has contributed to the colourful selection of brollies we now stock, and I just love to see them used as a styling 'feature' as well as beautiful weddings, and I love nothing more than supplying brollies to suspend from gorgeous tents, tipis and marquees! - The ideas are endless!

With every wedding order, I am honoured that BrollyBucket is chosen by the bride and groom (and their families!)  to be part of their handpicked supplier line up.

My parents, husband and office-dog Flint are regular helpers, and love to get involved with every enquiry. I love packaging and sending umbrellas with a personal touch from our gorgeous rural workshop, whether the client is an intimate wedding or a grand event, and am also thrilled to have worked with a range of events, stylists, PR, TV, Theatre and Film productions all over the UK.

Behind the Scenes - Meet Rosie and the BrollyBucket Studio

Behind the Scenes - Meet Rosie and the BrollyBucket Studio

Thank you for your interest in BrollyBucket, I hope you enjoy the film below and find everything you are looking for and I look forward to working with you soon! 

A day in the BrollyBucket workshop...

Umbrella Hire by BrollyBucket from PV Films on Vimeo.

 with thanks to...

Workshop Film by PV Films

Portraits of Rosie by Rosewarne Cox Photography

Flint in the Park by Fiona Higgins Photography

Flint and Rosie at the Red Workshop door by See My Lovely Photography

 

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