Friday, October 30, 2009

Memorable events don’t just happen – they are planned by The Event Daze….

Run by Vincent & Emma, The Event Daze can help you to plan and design your ideal event. No matter what type of occasion you wish to host, we can ensure that your event is planned especially for you and your requirements. Such events we can be involved in are, corporate parties, product launches, fashion shows, gala dinners, conferences, workshops, award ceremonies, themed nights and networking events.

Our level of involvement in the planning process is chosen by you. The services you may find key to planning your event are

venue searching

supplier sourcing

theme design

guest organisation

event management service

By delegating the planning to us, we can help you turn your ideas and creativity into reality, letting you have the perfect event for you and your guests to enjoy.

Contact us to discuss your event requirements further and delegate the details to The Event Daze.

Based in South Yorkshire we cover Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield, Rotherham, Sheffield, Derbyshire and the surrounding area.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Papakata – Beautiful tents for amazing events…

Last weekend, The Wedding Daze went along to York to the Papakata Open Day. Papakata specialise in hiring out Kata tents - these teepee style tents were pioneered by the Sami people of Lapland.

apakata's own words
‘They're utterly gorgeous, and
make for a very different sort of party space than a run-of-the-mill marquee’.

This is indeed true, upon arrival to the open day we were wowed by the grand and instant impact of the teepee tents. The teepee tents are like no wedding venue we have seen before; they are truly stunning and completely bespoke to suit your unique wedding day. The teepee tent makes the perfect outdoor and indoor combination for your wedding day celebrations.

The facts…

Each teepee holds up to 100 guests for a party and 70 guests for a sit down dinner, teepee tents are then put together to suit your numbers and style. So if you would like a blessing in the teepee, a sit down meal or a dance floor – the teepee is built to suit your individual needs.

The atmosphere…

If you choose a stunning teepee tent to host your wedding day, you want to ensure the inside is just as stunning. The Papakata open day showed that the inside of a teepee tent is just as stunning as the outside, the interior was snug, warm and inviting! A large log fire glowed in the middle of the tent, creating an inviting atmosphere, wooden benches with cushions and fur rugs were comfortable and unimposing. The tables were set up for a wedding breakfast, beautiful crockery from Harrogate based company, Vintage Tea Chest perfectly accompanied the teepee style. The teepee also has a chill out area, comfy sofas, rugs and cushions allowed you to relax next to the snug fire pit.

The planning…

The extras for your wedding day, such as catering, bar, entertainment and venue styling can all be hired individually and made to suit your personal requirements. It is worth remembering that holding a teepee wedding takes a lot of pre wedding planning. All the extras need to be booked

and brought together to ensure your wedding day runs smoothly and to plan. But once the whole event is planned, it will be truly stunning and memorable – making your wedding stand out and be amazing!

Happy planning

Vincent & Emma x

Monday, October 12, 2009

Eco Friendly Weddings - Oxfam wedding favours & gift lists

This weekend I went to the National Wedding Show at the NEC in Birmingham with Helen from PH Weddings. Based in Sheffield, PH Weddings offer fabulous, informal and stylish photography which will capture your special day, providing a life time of memorable images.

The National Wedding Show is the largest wedding fayre of its kind in the UK. It takes place both in Birmingham at the NEC and also in London at Earls Court. It could be classed as a one stop shop for all your wedding day purchases!

One supplier product that particularly stood out was Oxfam, at first glance this is perhaps not your typical wedding supplier. But as a wedding planner, I am always looking for quirky wedding ideas. This is one such idea, and I wanted to share it with you.

The charity Oxfam is offering couples the chance to have a wedding list and favours with a twist, whilst allowing you to help the charity on your wedding day. This is a great idea, the concept is unique and it helps the charity fund its work in Brazil, Pakistan, Ghana – the gifts are spread over 60 countries. With eco and green weddings becoming more popular and couples sourcing low carbon suppliers or products, this is a great compliment to any such style wedding.

Oxfam gift list, here is how it works…

Create a wedding or civil partnership list unlike any other with Oxfam Unwrapped. You could go for a couple of goats. Plant the perfect community garden. Or maybe even kit out a whole classroom or two. Whatever’s on your list, every single gift is guaranteed to make a big difference way beyond your big day.

All the shopping happens online so you can set up your list in just a few clicks. You can even personalise your list page with a photo and a message to all your guests.

Once you’re registered, we’ll send you a set of gift list cards to include with your invitations. Or if you’re going paperless, there’s a nifty email widget you can use instead. Then simply watch your decidedly different gifts come rolling in.

Finally, after your wedding we’ll send you a special memento pack, including the complete list of who’s bought what. So you’ll never forget the difference you and your guests made on your special day.

Oxfam unforgettable favours, here is how it works…

Want to give your guests a little something, but had enough of sugared almonds? Our wedding favour packs make it easy to add something a little different to your day. Guaranteed to raise a smile, these favours will be helping to make a big difference on your big day.

Each pack buys an amazing list of world-changing gifts from the Oxfam Unwrapped catalogue and comes complete with 50 assorted table cards in eight different designs. They make the perfect place settings, guaranteed to raise a smile and get those tables talking.

Give Oxfam Unwrapped wedding favours your own twist. You could buy your bridesmaids a bag of seeds each from Oxfam Unwrapped and pot-up a seedling to go with them. One couple, Chris and Claire Gill, bought each table a different gift and made matching jigsaw puzzle place names. The possibilities are endless. Use our gifts as your inspiration to create something completely unique to you.

Other fabulous Oxfam ideas….

Oxfam has ten bridal departments across the UK, all of which offer a warm welcome, specialist advice and a wide selection of bridal wear and accessories. Many dresses are donated by designers, so you can buy the wedding dress of your dreams for much less that you would expect. A smaller range is also available online.

And after your wedding day, why not donate your wedding dress to Oxfam, allowing the charity to continue its good work and also letting another bride feel as fabulous as you did on your wedding day!

Happy planning,

Emma x

Wedding Planner
The Wedding Daze

Eco & green wedding friendly websites

Friday, October 9, 2009

Supplier Spotlight: Your RSVP Stationery

Starting this October, each month we will feature a new and exciting supplier in the wedding industry. This month Amanda from Your-RSVP Wedding Stationery answers our questions on wedding stationery.

1. How long have you been creating and designing wedding stationery for?

We have been lucky enough to offer blank, personalised and bespoke wedding stationery to couples within the UK and worldwide for over four years. In that time, we’ve worked with over 200 couples and simply love the uniqueness of each and every wedding.

2. How did you come to be in the industry?

We came to the industry in 2005, which was the same year I married at Down Hall, Hatfield Heath. At the time, we too were looking for wedding stationery – and had real problems finding something that really expressed our colourful style. There seemed to be many handmade specialists – but nothing that really stood out to us. It was after the wedding we decided to set up which complemented our previous marketing, design and accountancy background. The wedding industry is such a fantastic one to be involved in and I simply love the variety and excitement that each wedding brings!

3. What makes you unique to other stationery companies?

Knowing the market inside and out, I think that the uniqueness of Your RSVP is mainly down to:

The range: We have wedding stationery to suit ALL wedding budgets, from blank wedding stationery that can be turned around in 7 days to the personalised and bespoke ranges, which offer fresh, funky and fabulous designs – all with real impactful stand out.

Our flexibility: We are extremely flexible and allow couples to play around with fonts and wording on all of their wedding stationery. Couples can pick and choose exactly the wedding stationery they need and aren’t restricted by numbers. So if they need 82 wedding invitations and 41 RSVP cards, it’s not a problem!

Easy online ordering: Ordering is so quick and easy online at Once they have placed their order, couples enjoy their own online account area. Its here they can approve / comment on their stationery items, pay online - even invite their friends and family to view the proofs.

The additional services: In addition to our wedding stationery ranges, we also provide services that complement Your RSVP. From personalised poems, calligraphy through to stationery addressing and stationery mailings.

4. What would you recommend is the 'essential' wedding stationery items for couples to have?

It’s easier to think about wedding stationery in two groups, guest stationery and wedding day stationery. I’ve popped together a quick list which we would deem as essential wedding stationery. Your RSVP is delighted to offer all of these products however:

Guest stationery
• Save the date cards
• Wedding invitations (Essential)
• Evening /Reception invitations (Essential)
• Guest information cards
• RSVP cards (Essential)
• Thank you cards

Wedding day stationery
• Order of service cards
• Table plan (Essential)
• Menus
• Place cards (Essential)
• Table names / numbers

5. What are the 'extra' wedding stationery items which will make a couple’s wedding stand out from the crowd?

For real stand out on your wedding day, there is nothing better than having a table plan and matching menus, place cards and table names. All these stationery items add such a colourful impact to the wedding breakfast venue and complement perfectly with the floral and chair decorations.

6. How far in advance would you recommend couples to start looking for their wedding stationery?

Normally couples send out their guest wedding stationery 6 weeks before the big day, but with the couples we’ve had the pleasure of working with the average is closer to 3-6 months. We can turn wedding guest stationery around in 4 weeks, sooner if it’s in quieter months. For wedding day stationery, couples need to start thinking about it around 6 weeks before the big day. Again we need about 4 weeks and would deliver a week before the wedding (just in case there are any last minute table plan changes – which there always is!).

The Wedding Daze are very happy to recommend Amanda at Your-RSVP, you can find all her contact details here:




Sunday, October 4, 2009

Autumn Wedding Fayres 2009

This September and October, The Wedding Daze has exhibited at wedding fayres in Barnsley and Sheffield. On Sunday 27th September, we exhibited at the Ramada Encore Hotel, Barnsley. The Ramada Encore Hotel is suited just off Junction 37, M1 - making it ideal wedding venue to access.

This was the first wedding fayre the hotel had organised and hosted as they only recently opened in early 2009. We met lots of interesting couples who were planning their wedding for 2010 and 2011, their was a mixture of couples getting married in the UK and also abroad. To the right is an image of our stall, we would like to thank Lauretta at Boutique Paeony, for the beautiful bridal bouqet which we displayed on our stand, their boutique is based in Greenhill, Sheffield and they provide unique wedding flowers.

Today, Sunday 4th October, we exhibited at the Hilton Hotel, Sheffield. This is an established wedding fayre, which saw a number of suppliers exhibiting at this well known Sheffield wedding venue. Placed on the Victoria Quays, Sheffield, it’s a mix of city centre living meets the quaint old charm of the canal boat era. Here we met lots of couples who were getting married at the Hilton Hotel, and also at other Sheffield and Derbyshire venues. Here we exhibited with a range of suppliers, from photographers, ice sculptures, venue design and vintage wedding cars. To the left is an image of our stall, we would like to thank Maria at Blush Cupcakes (telephone number available upon request) who provided us with yummy cupcakes with rose petal detail on the top! They were greatly appreciated by the couple we spoke to!

Keep an eye out on our blog for an update on our next wedding fayre….

Friday, October 2, 2009

Venue Featured: Aston Hall Hotel

As wedding planners we have visited many stunning and varied wedding venues across our region…so we are going to start blogging about each of them (this may take awhile, so stick with us!).

Aston Hall Hotel describes itself as 'Built in 1772 and steeped in history, Aston Hall Hotel has been lovingly restored and updated with a cool contemporary design that is high in style but with all the original features very much intact to become the luxury hotel in Sheffield. Surrounded by 55 acres of breathtaking woodland, the setting is stunning and makes for a luxury, urban retreat. There are 52 super stylish bedrooms and suites, the ever popular Zagato Restaurant and the delectable Volante Bar and Lounge. Aston Hall has grown this year. The hotel expansion includes Darcy House, The West Wing and a fully fitted gym. Darcy House is a luxury house in the grounds containing six suites, the perfect wedding venue in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.'

The recently extended Aston Hall Hotel is perfect for a contemporary and stylish wedding ceremony. It offers everything from an intimate wedding ceremony in the Vanquish room, to large and sumptuous celebrations in our Lagonda room. You will enjoy a complimentary night in one of our luxury suites, courtesy of Aston Hall, dependent on our minimum guest numbers. Recently Aston Hall Hotel has a new addition to their already superb wedding facilities. An elegant marquee now stands within the 55 acres of meadowlands and landscaped grounds. As a fully heated space, the carpeted marquee has plenty of natural daylight and a private terrace with views of the grounds. The marquee also includes a bar and walkway to the hotel. The new space provides an alternative wedding venue with lots of flexibility.

Aston Hall Hotel is located outside Sheffield, only minutes from junction 31 of the M1 and right on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District.

*Aston Hall Hotel is owned by the Tomahawk Group which owns three luxury hotels in Yorkshire - Woodlands in Leeds , Aston Hall in Sheffield and the Great Victoria in Bradford . Each hotel is a stunning, sympathetically restored period building, spectacularly updated in signature Tomahawk style by interior designers Browning and Baize.*

Make your unique wedding day stress free....

In the last few weeks we have had many enquiries about our 'Wedding Day Co-ordination' service. This is proving popular with our 2010/2011 brides to be!

After the initial bamboozle of where to start when planning your big day, for many brides planning your wedding becomes a wonderfully exciting and challenging hobby! Initially there are so much to research, organise and book! Such as the venue, the dress, the suits, flowers, photography, favours, caters, gifts…..blah…..blah!

So you have now organised your entire wedding celebration and you are in the last few weeks until your wedding day, you are (or should be) getting pampered with salon and spa treatments and having fun with the girlies on your hen night.

On your wedding day you will be both nervous and excited (only to be expected after such a big build up and preparation). You want to relax and be in the know that all your suppliers are on time and are set up correctly, your wedding guests are organised at the ceremony, your ceremony runs to time along with your wedding breakfast and help is available right through out the rest of the evening until your reception ends.

The Wedding Daze can offer this service for you, this will allow you to enjoy every minute off your wedding day with your family and friends, let us take the stress and those time consuming tasks away from you and your groom. We only co-ordinate one wedding per day, so you can be rest assured we will give you our undivided attention, to ensure your wedding day makes a lifetime of memories.

Vist for more information on this service.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Welcome to our blog...

Welcome to The Wedding Daze blog, we are bespoke wedding planners based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK.

We love all kinds of weddings & civil partnerships (after all, no two wedding days can be compared!) So, if you have recently started to think about your wedding celebration and would like help with planning, designing and styling your special and memorable wedding ceremony, we can assist you in making your day truly unique.

This blog will keep you updated on what we are up to, who else we are nattering to and other quirky bits and bobs we have come across! Hope you like it, any thoughts please email us.

Wedding wishes, Vincent & Emma


On-line Networking!

To spread the word about The Wedding Daze and the bespoke planning service we offer, we are now undertaking 'on-line social networking'. This will enable us to tell family, friends and suppliers more about what we do via the Internet. Social networking is a great way to meet new people and communicate more about yourself to the world. We have met many people who are in the wedding industry and also many couples who are planning their forthcoming nuptials!

If you would like quick and easy way to be updated about what The Wedding Daze are up to, you can now follow us on Twitter and Facebook.