You may be aware that Penny’s Wedding have started offering a Wedding Planning service which is very exciting if not a little scary!
We’ve been discussing wedding and event organisation with the fabulous Mayflower Events, who specialise in fabulous vintage and quintessentially English style parties. They’ve recently launched a Gentlemen’s Tea Party which looks like it will be a great success. Read on for more information about Mayflower Events.
Tell us about Mayflower Events
Mayflower Events specialises in organising, styling and catering for tea parties and supplying beautiful vintage crockery, cakes and catering for weddings, engagement parties, hen parties and stag parties.
We really enjoy putting together a beautiful selection of vintage crockery with the most delicious cakes and fabulous tea party food and watching our brides and grooms have a truly amazing day. Our resident baker has a real talent for making not only beautiful, but also very tasty cakes – we believe that a cake must taste as good as it looks!
We have collected a wide range of beautiful crockery over the years and some stunning accessories. We love the challenge of turning a generic venue into something unique for the bride and groom that guests will talk about for years to come.
It’s important to us that we keep producing unique and fun ideas – for example we are currently planning a Willy Wonka Tea Party, a Mad Hatters Tea Party and we have just launched our Gentlemen’s Tea Party service.
We pride ourselves on paying attention to every small detail and providing a reliable, professional yet personal service to make the bride and groom’s celebration as special as possible.
What services and products are available?
In general, Mayflower Events provides the following services:
– organising, styling and catering for tea parties for engagement parties, weddings, hen parties and also organise gentlemen’s tea parties for an alternative stag party;
– supplying beautiful vintage crockery, linen, glasses and accessories;
– supplying delicious engagement, wedding or party cakes, cupcakes or cake alternatives such as a tower of meringues;
– catering for weddings, engagement parties, hen parties and stag parties; and
– event organisation.
What advice can you offer to a couple who don’t know where to begin with their wedding plans?
It’s very easy to get caught up in the small details when you begin to think about your wedding and become completely overwhelmed, for example worrying about whether you should invite Aunty Edith to the wedding and who should sit next to who at the wedding breakfast. Whilst at some point you will need to write down a whole list of the things to do before the big day, I would suggest starting with some very general ideas of what you think you would like the day to be like.
Take a look at some wedding blogs and magazines with an open mind and with your partner think about what you both want. Do you want a church wedding? What type of wedding would you like, relaxed or more formal? Are you going to get married in the UK or abroad? Do you want to get married in the summer or winter? What sort of size wedding do you want, small and intimate or large & lavish? What is your ballpark budget figure? Once you have made some decisions on a more general level, you can then refine your research and the planning process.
Can you cater for civil partnerships or other events?
We are happy to cater for all types of events, from a children’s birthday party to a lavish wedding or a corporate event. Between the team at Mayflower Events, we have experience in organising a wide variety of events and understand that no two events are the same, each deserving a unique approach and complete attention to detail.
What is involved in the consultation and planning process?
The consultation and planning process will vary from client to client. Some clients may just wish to hire our beautiful vintage crockery and will simply book us for their event date having viewed the website and asked us some questions over the telephone or by email. Other clients organising, for example, a tea party for a hen party may have a telephone consultation, followed by a face-to-face meeting where ideas are discussed and agreed.
How involved are you with the wedding plans?
Mayflower Events can be as involved as much as each bride and groom require. Organising a wedding is an individual process, and each couple will be different. Some couples like to completely be in control themselves and just want us to turn up on the day and provide the vintage crockery, accessories and catering which the bride and groom then display as they wish. Other couples want our specialist input throughout the planning process and then also want us to come along to style the venue and stay right until the first dance.
Do you attend on the wedding day itself?
Depending on what the bride and groom’s requirements are, we can either just deliver the vintage crockery and catering, or we can assist for the whole day, or just for certain individual parts.
How many weddings have you previously planned?
Mayflower Events has been involved in the organisation of over ten weddings in the last two years, and also numerous engagement parties, birthday parties, hen parties in addition to other celebratory events such as a Royal Wedding party. We have purposely kept the number of weddings we agree to work on in any one year to below a certain number because we provide a bespoke service and spend plenty of time with each couple to make sure Mayflower Events delivers on expectations.
Do you have a portfolio?
The gallery on our website has lots of pictures of our vintage crockery, cakes and other events we have assisted with in the past.
There are also more pictures on our Facebook page, click here!
Our blog contains a variety of posts giving advice on wedding related issues, ideas for a vintage/country garden style wedding or party and showcasing some of our previous work – click here!
How can we contact you?
We would be delighted to hear from anyone looking to organise a wedding, engagement party, hen party or stag party and would be happy to answer any questions they may have.
Penelope x x