Spring is just around the corner, which for brides and grooms means it’s time to start planning those smaller details.
Quite an important part of the day will be the drinks reception, and the way you serve them reflects the kind of atmosphere you wish to create. Smartly dressed serving staff carrying silver trays filled with flutes of fizz suggest a highly sophisticated feel. For a more relaxed affair, jars of self serve cocktails such as Pimms and Mojito, teamed with a cloudy lemonade works well.
If choosing a self-serve drinks station, take some time to think about how you want it to look. Make it inviting and reflective of your style. A rustic barrel bar works well for garden party vibes, while a vintage lemonade stand adds colour and a sense of nostalgia. Add shelving, crates, furniture to the bar to create height and space for extra glasses and bottles.
When day turns to night, having a fully licenced pay bar may be the way to go if you don’t wish to pay for your guests after dinner drinks. Always ensure everyone knows they will need some pennies though. If however you’re happy to pick up the tab, filling large metal baths with ice and packing them with beer and white wine, is a great way to keep everything cool without hiring in refrigeration.
Don’t forget, every bar will need signage to tell guests what’s on offer. Light up signage works well on an evening drinks bar, adding atmosphere and style.
One of the most romantic venues in Cornwall, Polhawn Fort stands in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Rame Peninsula.
Jenny and Rich’s elegant summer wedding took full advantage of all this stunning place has to offer.
We first started chatting with Jenny about her wedding back in Summer 2015. She had so many fantastic ideas for hers and Rich’s day and it was an absolute pleasure working all the little details through with her.
The couple were married in a local church, before inviting guests to their cliff top fortress for a fun filled, foodie reception.
The couple chose to set up a rustic drinks station for their guests to enjoy self-serving their own summer drinks. Drinks jars for cocktails, tin baths as ice buckets, create an on-trend look.
Outdoor seating continued the rustic vibe with hay bales encircling a fire pit. Jenny chose to top the bales with our hessian sacks for a little extra comfort for guests.
Our Seaside Peep Board, fete and lawn games were set up on Polhawn’s lower terrace. They went down a storm with young and old alike, and created plenty of laughter.
A DIY photobooth was created in an arched doorway. Jenny hung our gold frame and used our fancy dress suitcase for guests to snap some memorable photos!
Dancing the night away to live music rounded off the incredible day, our illuminated BAR sign adding to the atmosphere of the evenings festivities.
The marriage of Anna and Jonathan took place at the picture perfect St Clement Church near Truro. The couple hosted their reception at Scorrier House, a beautiful country house which offers couples exclusive use for weddings.
Anna’s vision was one of elegance and sophistication with some vintage touches running throughout the styling. We worked with Anna for many months, exchanging emails about all the fine details until everything was just perfect!
Following the church service, guests were invited to meander through the historic gardens of Scorrier House, guided by our traditional signage, to the drinks reception. Our Rustic Bar awaited them laid out with bubbly and canapés, whilst our Gramophone prop sat upon our Writing Desk (cleverly concealing speakers creating the illusion!).
Garden games were enjoyed before guests headed inside for the wedding breakfast and dancing! Our illuminated BAR sign looked at home behind Scorrier House’s purpose built bar area, and created a fun vibe for the evenings festivities.
The glories of autumn are starting to fade as we edge towards winter. Making the most of glimmering sunshine, I packed the van and my camera and went to visit to our neighbours, ‘Cornish Cutting Garden’ for an impromptu photo shoot.
We’ve got some gorgeous new rustic items for hire, and the wildly romantic setting of the cutting garden provides the perfect backdrop. Our Rustic Bar, with it’s oak whiskey barrels looked so at home nestled in amongst this wooded setting.
It’s always a treat to see what Claire, the garden’s owner, is working on. As both a knowledgeable horticulturalist and a talented florist, she is able to transform what she grows into beautiful bouquets, garlands, centrepieces and wreaths. Couples who book Claire for their weddings not only receive wonderful arrangements, but the feel good factor that everything is native and local.
Pintrest is absolutely stuffed full of ideas for creating a drinks area for your guests. Whether it’s cocktails or vintage classics like pink lemonade, spend a bit of time making your bar look super stylish.