After some serious months of planning, Penny’s Wedding Festival finally arrived at Dodmoor House last week. It was such a gloriously sunny day with the most exquisite blue skies; perfect for an evening festival with games and entertainment.
I decided to host Penny’s Wedding Festival because of my love for weddings and I wanted to showcase my styling talents by launching I Adore Weddings – my planning and styling business. I wanted to bring local suppliers together in a fun and exciting atmosphere for brides and grooms-to-be. I envisioned live music in the courtyard, games on the lawn, interactive suppliers showcasing their talents and pretty styling in a wonderful location. I’m pleased to report that all of my visions came true. It really was the perfect day.
The location of the festival was Dodmoor House in Weedon. It’s such a beautiful barn location with rustic charm and exquisite interiors. Due to the charm of the venue I kept the styling to an English theme – lots of lace, candles, vintage crockery and a few festival feel balloons and signage.
The camper van and beetle, displayed by Pear Tree Weddings, was a huge hit with visitors and added to the festival feel. The perfect weather allowed for guests to relax in the courtyard and enjoy the sweet sounds of James Barlow – he sang almost all night (thank you James!)
I’m a classic English lady and I love my picnics, lace, floral prints, mismatch crockery, books and homemade things (I sometimes think, or hope, I’m Kirstie Allsopp’s long lost cousin), so the styling of the festival reflected this.
I used old childhood books to create a low-key but stunning centrepiece feature, accompanied with simple gypsophila flowers in various crockery and glass jugs. I also made some red sugar heart shapes which added a splash of colour to the table – these are also great favours for guests. The table was finished with ‘sow with love’ seed pots, provided by Favours Direct.
The inspiration for hanging goodies in the trees came from my childhood. My auntie used to have a tree in her garden that grew lollipops, although I now know she put them there and it wasn’t a magic tree. *Sad face*.
The beauty with styling weddings is that there are no rules, be creative and have some fun. If it doesn’t work or you change your mind then we can come up with other ideas. I always head to a wedding with the car full of all different props and accessories so every base is covered!
I love wedding details that mean something to the bride and groom. I used my favourite song lyrics, including my own first dance lyrics and framed them to place around the venue. I added a few flowers in jars to make them more of a feature. This is a great idea for centrepieces too.
I’m a big DIY fan and encourage everyone to give something a go, whether it is making bunting, painting a picture or recycling a glass jar and turning it into a candle holder. If it turns out looking a bit strange then you’ve not lost anything, you’ve had a go and a giggle in the process.
I created a DIY corner for guests to have a play about and gain some inspiration. On the evening we made fabric bunting, candle holders and paper pom poms – which are incredibly simple to make and so very stunning.
Games on the lawn provided entertainment for the boys whilst the ladies were busy watching tutorials and getting some styling tips. These games are amazing quality and can be hired from Uber Games. Demonstrations from Hair Stylists, Make-up and Serendipity Brides allowed for an evening of girly indulgence.
Penelope x x