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Planned to perfection

09 Jan 2012

Planned to perfection

Want to create a theme but don’t know where to start? Got your venue sorted but nothing to fill it with? Think you want some atmospheric lighting but don’t know where to start? Here David Robinson from The Banqueting Hire Service offers some solutions to wedding planning dilemmas.

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No, it’s surprising how many venues use banqueting hire items, from hotels and converted barns, to village halls and private homes – even a castle once! Banqueting hire companies generally supply a large range of items suitable for kitting out a whole room or just a few key items.

The beauty of banqueting hire is that you can transform pretty much any space to the customer’s individual requirements. Obviously every bride and groom has their own ideas of how they imagine the overall look of their big day. It’s our job to listen to their ideas, offer advice, new ideas, and make it happen!

Is it just cutlery and furniture?

While many items such as china, cutlery and glassware are stocked in different styles, there is also a large range of table linen in traditional white and ivory, and also a variety of coloured linen to fit with colour schemes.

Most of our chairs come with changeable coloured seat pads, which gives the customer an even larger choice. If you have some unsightly chairs, chair covers are the ideal solution. These normally come with organza sashes, and at The Banqueting Hire Company we also have matching table runners and slip cloths in organza that really bring the tables and chairs together.

Other hire items include table centres, from traditional candleholders to modern LED light-up centrepieces; dance floors and starlight linings, which are real head turners, plus kitchen equipment, table service items, staging, bay trees and floristry.

What’s the most popular item?

Lighting is such a great way of transforming a room and making items come to life and is having a big influence on popular items now.

Our ice chairs are a great example. They’re transparent, which means that when a light is shone through them they reflect and pick up any coloured lighting.

Another popular item is our new LED light up poseur tables and cubed seating, which glow with your desired colour.

The biggest must-have item for 2011 so far seems to be our large light-up ostrich feather plumes. They are quite spectacular and make a real statement.

What colours are popular for 2011 weddings?

I would say chocolate brown and orange will carry over from 2010, but purple seems to be popular for 2011. It looks great and can be introduced into your reception in a variety of ways, such as light-up table centres, organza sashes, table runners, slip cloths, table cloths, napkins, and, of course, floristry.

How can banqueting hire items help to create a theme/atmosphere?

From my previous answers you may have picked up that colours and lighting can play a big part. It’s all part of the excitement for the customer to mix and match items to create their individual theme or atmosphere.

It can be hard to imagine how your tables will look on the day, so we have a specialist show room set up for our customers to come in and browse and see what works and what doesn’t. We quite often prepare a full table setting for couples to view how it could look.

For more information contact The Banqueting Hire Service on 01379 676008 or visit www.banquetinghire.co.uk

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