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Old Nov 19th, 2012, 09:33 AM   21
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Something like this: Confetti Machine

Or you can DIY it yourself a la: Confetti Drop Box

Obviously with the DIY one you would scale up as required, either with a bigger box or multiple boxes Unless the venue has painted ceilings (ie, Michelangelos Sistine Chapel) then you can get those hooks that stick to walls/ceilings and come off without leaving any marks. Then all you'd have to work out would be routing the release string. And getting a ladder!



 
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 10:58 AM   22
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Food:

Okay this bit is quite complicated to anyone who can't see in to my head but I will do my best to explain it! For the food, we're having a posh picnic. It will be mostly cold food similar to what you'd get on a summer picnic, but more appropriate for winter and hopefully nice enough for a wedding. Doing it this way a) because it fits the aesthetic I have in mind and b) because we can't afford a caterer and therefore a three course sit down meal can't happen.

This is our reception room (quite a lot bigger than it looks, there is a lot of space behind the camera, and behind the pillars is a good few metres in width again. Oh and we're taking the curtains down):

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We are having two long tables in the centre of the room, with 20 or so people per table. We're not doing the top table thing and although me and OH will sit together the rest of our family will be spread out. The tables will be covered in light grey/beige linen table cloths. The place setting will be very simple: One bowl, one plate, a knife, two forks and two spoons, and a wine glass. There will be extra cutlery and plates on a table elsewhere for guests to get if needed. We are not having centrepieces on our tables. There will be the odd candle/small vase of flowers but our plan is to have our food and drink as our centrepieces.

I have been collecting, and am continuing to collect, vintage trays and bowls etc from charity shops and car boot sales. A few examples:

(for jam/chutney)





(it's an umbrella stand but gonna use it as a wine cooler)





Loads more obviously, just a few examples. These will be filled with food; bread, fruit, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, pastries etc etc. There will be sauces and things all in pretty pots, and white wine will be in coolers (extra in the giant bathtub) and red wine will be on the table, along with jugs of water and lemonade.

The food that needs covering, which is probably about two thirds of it, will be in boxes. Okay I know that sounds weird but picture a Parisienne bakery and that's the sort of feel I'm going for. I am designing and making all the boxes myself. They will all have slightly different designs but fit the colour scheme. Taking inspiration from things like this:









I know a lot are books and erm, not boxes, but I adore books and they are a bit part of my wedding inspiration. The reason I wanted to use boxes is because I adore the look of them, and because my initial idea was to have my reception at the outdoor cinema at Somerset House and to just give each guest a picnic box of food and drink. That fell through though so I'm doing this, which I actually prefer now

There will then be the mussel shell place names (http://www.shellco.co.uk/CF058000.html) and the hat/headdress etc favours. Cutlery will be tied with dark grey velvet ribbon. It will all be vintage and mismatched.




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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 13:05 PM   23
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That room is gorgeous. Your whole wedding is going to be gorgeous. I love it!!



 
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 15:16 PM   24
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Love the picnic idea, sounds fab! Do you know what kinds of food you'll be having yet ?
Your whole wedding sounds like its going to be so relaxing, laid back and enjoyable!



 
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 15:30 PM   25
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Thank you

Food wise very simple. It will be home made, bought from small local farm shops, or from M&S. For the savoury stuff I am thinking a selection of different and weird and wonderful breads, LOADS of cheese (I am obsessed!), cold meat platters, salads, perhaps pasta salad, tartlets, pies, pastries and pasties, quiches, crumpets for toasting on the fire of course.... If I do a few bits and pieces of hot food it be likely be things like a few hot pies, vegetables, mushrooms (my favourite food), and ermm pizza, burgers and chips. Before you lose all interest in the wedding, I mean pizzas like this http://pinterest.com/pin/17381148533401271/ cleverly cut to look classy, chips cut so thin that they look like cool gourmet potatoes and you don't even realise they're chips, and miniature burgers that don't look like burgers at all, just very posh sandwiches. I did have photos but lost them :'( I promise it won't be as tacky as it sounds though!

For sweets we are having everything we can cram in to the venue! Just absolutely all types of biscuits, cakes, sweet pies, fruit.... It decorates the tables to have beautiful cakes just sitting there anyway so that's my excuse :P

A few food ideas on my Pinterest if you want a slightly better idea than what I'm giving!



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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 12:35 PM   26
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Just been reading your thread and well, WOW!

Yours is the sort of wedding I would just love to be invited to. Informal, special and intimate and totally represents the people getting married.

I love it all!



 
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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 14:56 PM   27
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Thank you, you guys are making me smile so much! I've been worried that people will hate it because it isn't conventional but ultimately showcasing our personalities.


Some random little details:

I got these stars to be dotted around tables. There will only be a couple but I love them.
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I bought these (they're dried) to go in the few floral arrangements we'll have, although there won't be many, and to go in my bouquet. With a winter wedding at night time I didn't think loads of flowers would really work. Plus I can't afford them
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I know they're not for everyone, and that the flowers are maybe a bit gothic, but I think next to something like dried sea lavender and a peonie the contrast will look amazing.



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Old Nov 21st, 2012, 14:57 PM   28
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And we paid the deposit for the venue today, I am so giddy about it all, it's actually happening!!



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Old Nov 23rd, 2012, 12:31 PM   29
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Going to a Vintage Wedding Fair tomorrow! So excited! Dragging OH and LO along as well because I don't want to go alone, and gonna hit the Christmas markets afterwards. Hopefully will find some prop suppliers as I still need rowings boats, chairs and a bath tub.

I sent an email to two universities near to my venue about the possibilities of student photographs so crossing my fingers that I find someone.

Have also been working on my invitations, which are in the form of a collection of books in a box, you know like how you can buy boxes of Beatrix Potter books for example? Each 'book' will be a different section of the invite. Obviously more adult appropriate that the Beatrix Potter books too. Having loads of fun designing them but it's stressful getting all the tiny details right. Can't wait to show them off when they're finished!



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Old Nov 23rd, 2012, 13:04 PM   30
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Have you tried gumtree and freecycle for the boats, chairs and bathtub?



 
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