January 29, 2013

Experience the Arabian Tents at first hand

Sister companies The Arabian Tent Company and The Complete Chillout Company tell us they have recently opened their doors (well, drapes actually) to a brand new showroom in the South East.

And the transformation is amazing. What was recently a run-down Sussex barn is now an exquisitely delightful space divided into separate ‘rooms’ adorned with each of The Arabian Tent Company’s uniquely themed marquee interiors, beautiful co-ordinating event furniture and interesting ornaments and party accessories.

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Standing in a delicately Lilly-scented, William Morris inspired dining room with luxurious chaise lounges and sprays of peacock feathers creates a feeling of serenity and nostalgia then, stepping into the Moulin Rouge area, you are enveloped in decadent red velvet and suddenly whisked away to a secret club in deepest Morocco! Moving between spaces the change in atmosphere is instant and dramatic, it’s hard to believe you're still standing in the same room, and unthinkable that the room is actually a barn in East Sussex!

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Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents

January 28, 2013

Event Flag Hire moves..

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Thought you might like to know that the Event Flag Hire Company has recently moved premises to Acton Turvill, only 20 minutes from Bristol.

They tell us that they're really excited about the move as this means they have loads of space to make their new 2013 ranges... and there's lots to come, we believe, like this lovely silk blue ribbon flag being tested out by young Fred!

The Event Flag Hire Company designs, makes, hires and installs beautiful handmade flags, bunting and banners (including bespoke) to decorate natural green eco-friendly weddings.

For more information and ideas of what they could do for you own wedding go to their website, email enquiries@eventflaghire.co.uk or give Klare a call on 07729529238.

Posted in Green Wedding Decorations & Details , News

January 23, 2013

Fabulous wedding village offer from Cariad Canvas!

Today we’ve got a fabulous offer for all our lovely readers, courtesy of Cariad Canvas!

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They’re offering nuptial couples their very own romantic suite for FREE when you pre book a bespoke canvas village of 12 luxury guest suites for your wedding, PLUS a children’s pay den if you book 20 guest suites.

To take advantage of this great offer just quote GREENUNIONVILLAGE when making your booking. (Standard event hire terms and conditions apply, available on request)

Offer is valid when booking between 23rd January and 23rd February 2013.

Contact info@cariadcanvas.co.uk for more information and to book your wedding village.

Cariad Canvas specialise in providing bespoke luxury tented villages of individual canvas suites for you and your wedding guests from small intimate gatherings of 50 to larger parties exceeding 450 guests throughout the UK, bringing the accommodation to you rather than you taking your guests to the accommodation, allowing you to set the time the fun stops and even carry the celebrations through to the next day.

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Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents , Special Offers , Wedding Accommodation

January 16, 2013

Open weekend @ Posh Frocks & Wellies

If you're planning to throw your wedding in Cheshire in 2013/2014 then you should go along to Posh Frock & Wellies open days this weekend.

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See their lovely traditional, real canvas marquees decorated with pretty interiors and talk to the Posh Frocks team who will be happy to help you plan your big day. Dates for 2013 and even 2014 are going fast so this is the perfect opportunity to try before you buy.

They can help you create a festival feel or a rustic 'Country Chic' look, which is a huge theme for green weddings next year, with all the finishing little touches that will give your event that 'wow' factor They have set up their Rose Garden theme and their brand new Bohemian Dream theme plus a luxury bell tent to view.

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You'll also be able to see various furniture styles for your wedding breakfast along with their table dressing, jugs of seasonal flowers and handmade place settings, for inspiration and ideas. Lashings of hot tea and coffee will be served with some delicious home made cake to help it all go down.

Their lovely florist, Joanne of Fletcher & Foley will be there and happy to talk through her bridal flower service. She is truly inspirational, I'm sure you will love her jugs (of flowers).

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In addition to all this you will be able to see their lovely vintage china sweetie table on display. You'll even be able to hear about their vintage caravan restoration project, a perfect addition to any marquee or for an alternative 'Hen Do" party. They hope it will be available for hire by the Spring.

Go to their website, email sarah@poshfrocksandwellies.co.uk or phone 07890920531/07785710101 for more information

When: 19th & 20th January 2013 11am - 5pm both days
Where: The Lord Binning, Chester Road, Kelsall, Cheshire, CW6 0RZ
Free Entry

Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents

January 11, 2013

Wassail!

Here's a lovely idea for a winter wedding theme if you're planning to wed shortly after Christmas. Wassail conjurs up ideas of bowls of apple cider punch, rich colours, bare apple boughs and foraged greenery for decoration, ribbons, wedding tipis with warm fires and candle light, all surrounded by the people you love. What a theme...

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Wassailing is an ancient tradition of blessing apple trees at Twelfth Night and asking the spirit of the tree for a bountiful harvest of fruit the following autumn. Some wassailers adhere to the Gregorian calendar and mark Twelfth Night on 6th January, whereas others adhere to the older Julian calendar and leave their wassails until the 17th January, a good time to celebrate a wedding too!

Wassail is an Anglo-Saxon word and is thought to mean ‘Be In Good Health’. Whilst there is a tradition of wassailing neighbours with songs and good wishes at yuletide (similar to the modern tradition of carolling), apple trees had to wait until Twelfth Night, a time when the world is turned upside down, the Lord of Misrule reigns for a day, and the spirits draw close, including those of trees.

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People who cared for an apple tree – and the tradition is still strong in the cider growing areas of England and the marches of Wales – set out with gifts of hot cakes and cider as an offering to the spirit of the tree. Usually, a cider soaked cake was hoisted high and left in the fork of a branch, with more cider splashed on the earth over the roots.

In order to drive away any malignant influence, people might shout or bang pan lids together, and some even fire shotguns into the air. Then, all present sing the wassailing song, asking for a good crop of apples the following autumn. If you want to wassail your own apple tree (or, with amendment to the words, any other sort of fruiting tree, or even your own union) here are some traditional words to use.

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Posted in Green Wedding Inspiration , Seasonal Celebrations

January 10, 2013

See sshh... 24 foot giant yurt for yourself

This must be the first wedding fair of the season! And it features a giant yurt supplied by GU partners sshh...

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They tell us they're really excited about South Lodge Hotel's wedding fair on 27th January where their largest 24 ft yurt will provide a unique and elegant space for the fashion show with dresses on show from bridal boutique Mathilda Rose.

The sshh... wedding organisers will also be available on the day to discuss how Luxury Yurts could work for your wedding.

Where: South Lodge Hotel, Brighton Road, Nr Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PS.

When: Sunday 27th January 2013, 11am to 4 m.

Entry: £2.50

Go to sshh...'s website to find out more.

Posted in Green Wedding Competitions , Events , Marquees & Tents

January 07, 2013

World Inspired award

Congratulations to the lovely people at World Inspired Tents who have, yet again, won The Wedding Industry Awards', Regional Wedding Marquee Provider category for the South West region for 2013! They are still holders of the national title of Best Marquee Provider for 2012, an accolade of which they are hugely proud.

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Ed Wright said: “We are incredibly proud to be the current holders of the national award title for Best Marquee Provider, and to be announced as the regional winner for the second time just goes to show that we are maintaining the high level of customer service that we strive for.”

World Inspired Tents is a long-standing Green Union partner and we’re proud that our partners continue to maintain such high customer service and the success of each and every event that they supply as well as going that extra mile to support local producers and conserve our Planet's precious resources (World Inspired Tents are dedicated to their Tree Campaign). These are qualities that we look for in all the wedding services and suppliers that are listed in our Wedding Directory.

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Posted in Green Wedding Ethical Vendors , Marquees & Tents , News

January 04, 2013

August Bank Holiday wedding date

Welsh Green Weddings have just let us know that, due to a wedding postponement till 2014, they now have the August Bank Holiday weekend (23rd to 26th August 2013) free for a wedding booking.

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This is an amazing opportunity so if you are still looking for a fabulous green wedding venue for your eco friedly wedding this year then get in touch with info@welshgreenweddings.co.uk for more information. The weekend is suitable for weddings of all sizes from 2 guests to 120.

There's also the possibility of a small (less than 50 people) wedding on Friday 23rd involving just the Friday night's stay and then a second wedding on Sunday 25th with a stay till the Monday or Tuesday.

Welsh Green Weddings

Posted in Green Wedding Venues

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