What is your most memorable wedding?
We have styled so many beautiful weddings that it is so difficult to choose the most memorable. We once styled a beautiful 'Scottish Highlands' themed Tipi wedding in Leicestershire, where we worked closely with the bride to design a totally bespoke and original styling plan based on her family ties to Scotland.
We incorporated elements of her family heritage as this was really important to her and was the basis for the development of the styling theme. Together we then chose a variety of native Scottish animals such as the highland cow, the pheasant and the stag and used these as a starting point for the individual table centrepieces following along a woodland wedding theme. Along with a base of flat moss, we added brass candlesticks, tea light holders, woodland floral arrangements, pinecones and brass animals and created miniature Highland scenes. We also added subtle hints of blue tartan ribbon throughout to bring in the Scottish elements.
From the roof poles of the Tipi we hung sprays of woodland foliage, ferns and trailing ivy along with glass tea light baubles filled with moss and candles to complement the fairy lights provided by the tipi company Sami Tipi.
We worked so closely with the bride and groom on this particular wedding that they invited us to celebrate their arrival at the tipi with them with a glass of champagne. The mother of the bride then took us round and introduced us to all of their guests with tears in her eyes after seeing the wedding plans all come together.
It was a wonderful wedding!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Rustic, contemporary, Boho, woodland, romantic
What about your business are you most proud of?
In January 2020 we reached the National Finals of The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) and were given the Highly Commended Award for Best Venue Stylist in the whole of the UK - meaning we are officially the second best styling team in the United Kingdom! This is an incredible achievement and I am super proud of our whole team for getting this award.
In order to get to the National Finals Awards Event, we were actually voted as the Best Venue Stylist's in the East Midland's at the TWIA Regional Event in November 2019. We previously entered the awards in 2017 and came second so it is wonderful to see how our business has developed over the years to be one of the real forerunners in the wedding styling industry!
We were so honoured to be given these awards in particular because TWIA only allow votes to be generated and counted from past clients who give their testimonials to the judges and is not a popularity contest. Real Brides give Real, Honest Feedback and this is super valuable to us as a business.
An array of questions are put forward to our past clients to answer and they are asked to mark us out of 10 in various elements of our products and services such as attention to detail, communication & customer service and we are proud to say that we scored the maximum highest vote that you can get!
10 out of 10 in all categories!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Don't leave the decorations until last. Start planning early!
- A lot of different elements go into creating the perfect Pinterest Wedding and decorations and styling are key factors in creating that dream vision. Plan your areas bit by bit and break it down in to manageable chunks for set up, allocating everyone who is involved small jobs. It can take many hours to style a wedding venue so make sure you have the right people helping you... alternatively - ask us and we'll take the pressure off and do it for you!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Every single one of our weddings has some personal touches added by the clients and we actively encourage it.
One really good way to personalise your wedding is through the use of table names rather than table numbers. We have used a variety of the following... Favourite songs, Romantic film names, holiday destinations, precious dates, woodland animals, Harry Potter Characters, Gin names, Famous singers... we have even used Leicester City & Manchester UTD footballer names! Think of something that is special to you and go with it - the whole wedding doesn't need to be themed but small personalised touches are great!
A number of our weddings have included a display of old family wedding photos. We lay these out according tho the couples style and theme, add candles & decorations and some personalised signage. The guests always absolutely love it - especially those whose photos are included in the display!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
1. Free Consultation:
Firstly, we’ll meet at our Styling Showroom in Leicester or your chosen wedding venue to chat through ideas, colour schemes and what you are looking for in terms of styling and design.
2. Design Generation:
Secondly, our team head off to the office with your list of requirements and create a bespoke Styling Plan for you - which can take 1-2 weeks. Once we’re finished, we’ll email it over to you for your approval and you are free to make as many changes to it as you need to.
3. Styling Creation:
Once the design has been approved and the booking is secure with a 25% deposit, we will gather together your selection of props, will start to make your personalised designs and will get ready to install it all at your venue in accordance with our agreed plans.
4. One Month before:
The final balance is due. It is at this stage that we will ask for your finalised guest list, will organise delivery times directly with your venue. and confirm delivery times with other suppliers. We will also call you back to the showroom for a Mock Up consultation where we can try out your table design to make sure you are still happy.
5. Styling Installation:
On the morning of the wedding or the day before if agreed with your venue, we will arrive bright and early to set up the bespoke styling. We'll stay for as long as we're needed to, to make sure that everything looks and stays looking perfect throughout the day.
6. Take Down:
After the wedding has taken place, we will then return to the venue to collect everything allowing you to start your life as a married couple without having to worry about a thing.
What is the best themed wedding you have worked at?
We couldn't possibly say the best wedding we have worked on. They have all been fabulous!
Some examples of our work include; Rustic Romance, Boho Botanical, Scottish Highlands Themed, Woodland Luxe & Equestrian themed!
What are the decorative trends with brides currently?
Dried Florals, Organic Textures & neutral tones with pampas grass, Rustic & Boho with Greenery & Botanical elements.
What is your signature finishing touch?
For all of our full wedding styling clients, we create a 14-16 page bespoke Styling Plan booklet which outlines the exact design of your day, which you can then share with your preferred suppliers to help them to get on board with our styling 'vision'.
Being completely unique to you, the in-depth Styling plan covers; table décor & design, floristry options & ideas, colour palettes & textures and everything else that you will need to bring your day to life.
We'll break the plan down in to specific areas at your venue and will list all of the props that we will be using throughout the venue..
You'll get a beautiful presented, professionally printed booklet along with digital PDF copies to share with other suppliers via email should you need to. .
We care a lot about the little details and this service is unique to The Rustic Wedding Company.
What decoration do you think every wedding needs?
A beautifully styled Top Table with dramatic florals, lots of candles and a gorgeous backdrop to frame the Couple!