Top wedding tips from Kent suppliers
03 Apr 2019
Planning a wedding in Kent? Take a look at these top tips from a host of regional wedding suppliers to ensure your big day goes without a hitch
The National Toastmaster
While often forgotten about, toastmasters are an essential part of your wedding day. No matter how large or small your celebration, it still requires careful management.
With an award winning service, Sian - The National Toastmaster is an expert in timing so she will ensure your day runs perfectly, leaving you with a smooth and stress-free wedding day.
Sian makes sure your venue is ready, greets the bridal party and guests, arranges the receiving line, organises photographers to ensure you get those all-important pictures, guides your guests to the right places at the right times, and provides all your formal announcements such as entrances, speeches, cake cutting ceremony, bouquet toss and first dance etc.
Sian's advice for your day is don’t stress the small things, whether that be last-minute cancellations or even some rain; accept the things you cannot change. Allow the day to be what it is and you will have amazing memories.
Make sure the food you choose for your wedding breakfast is food YOU like. This seems an odd thing to say, but pick the food that you and your partner like to eat, the style of service you enjoy when eating out and the perfect menu for you. Your wedding day is all about you so if the food reflects your personality it will become more than just a meal, it will be another part of what makes it your day.
The team at Kendale Catering will always provide ideas to inspire you, but they will also tailor and create bespoke all their menus to reflect you and your tastes as well as incorporating any family favourites and recipes. After all, this is all about making your day a perfect one.
Eliza Rose - Artisan Floral Design
When choosing wedding flowers, let the venue and season influence your choice of stems. Wild flower country bouquets paired with rustic log slices and trailing foliage may look out of place in a sleek and sophisticated ballroom. If you are saying ‘I do’ outside, think about the season of your wedding and what might be in flower around you creating the backdrop to your day. Seasonal flowers will be cost effective, better quality and will really look the part. Peonies are a favourite but have a very short season from May to July. Blousy garden roses and even open spring tulips can create the same effect of layers and texture within a bouquet.
Working from her cottage in Kent, Jo Russell - The Artisan Florist - creates unique wedding flowers to make your scrapbook come to life. Her style is very natural and rustic, using British grown flowers where possible from local growers and often her own cut flower patch. No two weddings are the same and Jo loves bringing your day to life with all things floral.
Chelsea Buns Creative Cakes
When choosing your wedding cake, do some research and choose a cake designer that fits with you as a couple and that you are confident can produce the style of cake you would like. Your wedding cake is another extension of your wedding vision so think about how your cake will work in its surroundings. Use the venue, your stationery, dress/suits and your flowers as inspiration for your cake as this will help to tie everything together seamlessly.
Think about how you are going to display your cake. Your wedding cake will be one of the most expensive food items you will ever purchase and will be a centrepiece for your big day, so show it off. The cake cutting photo is more often than not one that most couples choose to frame and have on their mantlepiece, so think about how it will look on the table. Does the traditional style cake stand provided by your venue work with your contemporary cake design or would it look better on a stand that your cake designer can provide? Add some styling elements to your cake table to bring it to life.
Image: Rebecca Carpenter Photography
The Lost Village of Dode
Choose a meaningful venue. Your wedding day creates memories you will keep for a lifetime and couples should look to exchange their vows in a place that derives meaning. While there are certainly some wonderful venues out there, picking one simply because it accommodates your guest list isn’t always ideal. Having the location be a part of your wedding story gives it shape, character, and meaning and will also serve as a 'home away from home'.
The Lost Village of Dode has been part of history and people’s stories for more than 900 years. An historic, legendary, hidden gem of a wedding and events venue in the heart of the Kent countryside, The Lost Village of Dode caters for intimate and meaningful ceremonies, renewals and blessings and receptions of up to 40 guests.
Saint (part of Warble Entertainment)
Everyone wants to get their guests dancing on their wedding night. There is lots you can do to make this happen, and it often starts with your band. Saint will always do everything they can to make sure a dance floor is full, but there are ways you can help as well. The biggest secret is to stay on the dance floor after your first dance. So many dance floors are killed instantly as the couple leaves after their big moment. Hang around for a dance or two (maybe 20) and watch your guests follow your lead.
Saint are a wedding band from Kent specialising in rock and pop covers and creating awesome memories for hundreds of brides and grooms in the UK.
Cut Above Productions
Use suppliers recommended by the venue. The advantage is that the suppliers will know the venue well and you can eliminate some potential mishaps. It will also mean that you get the very best out of your suppliers, particularly your photographer and videographer as they will know where to take you for your photo/video shoot and where the best light and backdrops are. Chances are if you choose recommended suppliers they will all have worked together before, which again is a huge bonus.
Cut Above Productions is a Kent-based award-winning videography company established for more than 10 years and has the honour of being recommended at some of the best venues in the South East including Hever Castle and Penshurst Place. The team know all of these venues very well which makes it very easy for them to do their jobs to the best of their ability and produce excellent wedding films. Their coverage generally starts at the bridal preparations and stops at the first dance. From the footage captured, the couple will receive a 20-minute wedding highlights film plus the full ceremony and speeches. There is also the option for a short montage that can be shared online.
For more Kent wedding inspiration and ideas, pick up the latest edition of Kent Bride magazine.