Mother of the Bride Diary: Part four

25 Mar 2014

Mother of the Bride Diary: Part four

Top tips on hiring those essential items for your wedding breakfast from mother-of-the-bride Elaine Cook

The thing about organising a wedding in the setting of a barn is that you have to hire everything in. From the chair you sit on to the glass you drink from, it all has to be sourced, chosen, delivered and returned. On the one hand a blank canvas gives you complete freedom to have everything exactly as you want it but on the other it can seem a bit overwhelming and can lead to a lot of 4am wake-up times. During all the years of dreaming about how Gemma’s wedding might be, I should have realised very early on that it would not follow a standard format but it would definitely be individually styled, out of the ordinary and involve pops of bright colour and much glitter!

Hiring involves getting ahead of the pack. Gemma and Tom have chosen June 21st, the day of the Summer Solstice, for their wedding which is an absolutely magical day for such a wonderful celebration. However, the Druids among many others, also think it’s a great day for a party so chairs and party hire items can be in rather short supply if you don’t get your order in early. (Fortunately the S/S 2014 bridal collection isn’t featuring hoods with eye cut outs!) Already we have had to get chairs from another supplier. It’s also a good idea to check out the different styles of glasses, china etc that each hire company stocks to find the items you really like. Gemma and Tom have decided to have palm leaf plates so no need for a washing up service. I just have to put them on my compost heap afterwards. This is cheaper than hiring china and very environmentally friendly. Eventually those plates will re-appear as tomatoes or flowers! Neat!

So these are my hiring tips:

1. Order large items like chairs and tables as soon as you can.

2. You can always increase or decrease your requirements at a later date.

3. Choose a caterer that can also manage your day, thinking the whole day through with you, organising the right number of staff, re-arranging furniture from main reception to evening dancing and so on.

Gemma and Tom have chosen a fantastic caterer who alerts them to all the little things that will make for a well run, efficient and most of all, enjoyable and trouble free day for all of us, particularly the mother of the bride!

Now, let me see…water, wine and champagne glasses x6, multiply by 18 = ? … oh can someone pour me a drink!


Elaine Cook is the mother of wedding stationer Gemma Milly. For more information visit


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