Portland House c1870

What: Portland House c1870 is a gorgeous gentleman’s residence. This TripAdvisor ‘Excellent’ rated house features 12 bedrooms, as well your very own bar room for intimate weddings of up to 24 guests. You can keep your guests in check with the ‘Downton Abbey’ servant bells and organise your intimate wedding just as you’d like it.

Where: Perfectly positioned on the edge of Matlock Bath in the Peak District. With breathtaking views of ‘little Switzerland’ outside, you’ll want to make this wonderful wedding break last as long as possible.

Weddings: Not licenced – yet. But a wonderful venue for a weekend wedding with lots of beautiful places to marry nearby.

Who: For more information about this small wedding venue in Derbyshire, get in touch with Juliet on 01629 734414 or email stay@portlandhouse1870.co.uk.

Web: Portland House c1870 website: www.portlandhouse1870.co.uk

Emily Wisher – Artisan Florist

Emily has a fantastic reputation for creating beautiful wedding flowers in Staffordshire. Her arrangements have a unique ‘untamed’ style, inspired by wild English meadows and home grown. Always using seasonal flowers to create beautiful and elegant displays, with English roses, peonies, dreamy dahlias and trailing foliage.

For your wedding, Emily can create almost anything! From bridal bouquets and headdresses to beautifully filled vases and stand alone arrangements.

Emily is based near Lichfield, Staffordshire – but works Nationwide. When you talk to Emily about flowers, her passion for her work shines! You can give her a call on 07962 913351, email hello@emilywisher.co.uk or book a visit to her studio.

Website: www.emilywisherartisanflorist.co.uk

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Celebrant Belinda Clark

Belinda in an Independent wedding celebrant based in the West Midlands. With 20 years experience of public speaking under her belt, she offers a truly personalised service in some wonderful venues. Belinda believes that weddings should reflect the bride, groom and key people in their lives, even if that means getting married in the forest – or even in the supermarket! Anything is possible…

You can get in touch with belinda for a no obligation initial meeting by sending her an email: bespokebybelinda@yahoo.co.uk or visiting her website.


The Drunken Pug (mobile bar services)

The ultimate mobile bar service in Cheshire.

Sophie Beever can provide a fully licensed pay bars, free bars, a ‘you-supply-the-drink-we’ll-do-the-rest’ bar.

She has stylish glasses that sparkle and the friendliest staff imaginable.  And NOTHING is too much trouble.

They’ll also lay your daytime glassware, pour (and supply) wine for your tables, pour your welcome drinks, toast drinks, mix cocktails – in fact anything you want where drinks are concerned.

Contact Sophie on 07792 563036. Or visit their website at www.drunkenpugmobilebars.co.uk for more on their mobile bar packages and prices.

Kemp and Kemp customers qualify for free glass hire for all your daytime and evening drinks (and no washing up charges) when they book any Drunken Pug Mobile Bar package!

The Drunken Pug Mobile Bar


Choosing Table Linen for Your Wedding Breakfast: Key Trends and Colours

Neurtal Wedding Decor

When it comes to the choosing the finishing touches to your wedding breakfast venue, there’s a lot to think about, and many trends to consider. From the furniture to the glassware, the crockery to the table linens, bringing everything together for the perfect dining room setting can be a complex process. Whilst these may seem like minor details, these are the details that will tie the whole room together in terms of look and style and set the tone for your big celebration. Your wedding breakfast is the first meal you will have together as man and wife, with the company of your closest friends and family. So every small detail is just as important as say the cake, or the choice of champagne, or the food on the menu. And when it comes to linen hire, there’s a whole world of colour schemes to explore. Here are some key looks and trends to consider for your wedding day (written by Independent Wedding suppliers, Plato Catering Hire):

Neutral Wedding Theme

Neurtal Wedding DecorWhites and neutrals are extremely popular for weddings and work especially well for classical venues, timeless themes and your typical white wedding. But that doesn’t mean that choosing your table linen will be an easy task. Because with lighter hues, it’s harder to create a sense of depth in your table design, meaning that you’ll need to match your table cloths, chair covers, centrepieces, crockery and glassware perfectly. Opt for a true white for a clean look or try warm nudes for a softer appearance. Peachy nudes and dusky pinks work particularly well with gold hardware and gold toned décor.

The Woodland Wedding

Woodland Wedding DecorThe rustically beautiful and nature-inspired woodland wedding is one of the biggest wedding theme trends in 2017; and we’ve seen the use of wooden logs and pine cones, wild flowers and foliage adorn tables in the most creative of ways. Whites and neutrals work well when it comes to table linen, providing a stylish contrast between fabric and nature. Or alternatively, experiment with earth based tones such as mushroom browns and greys, soft beige, muted olive or verdant greens.

Vintage Wedding Theme

Vintage Wedding DecorVintage weddings come in varying styles, some chintzy and cute and others highly sophisticated. So there’s a lot of room for creativity here. Bright table cloths mixed with clashing crockery and patterned table runners is a fantastic way of exploring the eclectic style. Or choose feminine pinks that evoke a sense of vintage romance.

The Monochrome Wedding

Monochrome Wedding DecorCreate a contemporary, ultra-luxurious ‘black tie’ feel at your wedding breakfast with dark colourways that will contrast beautifully with golds, silvers or whites. The monochrome colour scheme is all about being bold, and gives the bride and groom a chance to be somewhat indulgent and ostentatious with their selection of room décor.

Rustic Weddings

Rustic Wedding DecorIf you are planning a rustic wedding theme, you may want to consider no table cloths at all. Wooden tables are a huge trend in 2017/18 and the use of a simple table runner is often the best way to highlight the beauty of solid oak furniture. Carefully select table mats, napkins, runners and chair cushions and use neutral tones classic, understated charm.

Contributed by Plato Catering Hire.

Burgoynes Marquees

Established in 1909, this wonderful company have been supplying marquees for over 100 years. This means what Burgoynes don’t know about marquees isn’t worth knowing. They have also kept very much with the times so can supply traditional canvas ‘village fete’ style marquees, through to the latest in clearspan tents.

They are based in Herefordshire and that means they can also cope with sloping ground and will find imaginative solutions to every problem you can throw at them. A one-stop shop to create the perfect venue, just about anywhere you choose – and the best customer service you will find.

Call them on 01544 340283
or visit their GREAT website at www.burgoynes-marquees.co.uk


Rowheath Pavilion

Where: In the leafiest of leafy, tree-lined suburbs in South Birmingham. Easy for the M42 and equally for the City.

What: a wonderfully light, airy hall looking over open grass to a landscaped lake beyond.

Weddings: Great for a wedding reception and they will allow you to use Kemp & Kemp Catering too!

Who: The whole team at Rowheath are WONDERFUL, but esp the irrepressible Sam – call her on 0121 458 1711 or e-mail her at sam@rowheathpavilion.co.uk

Web: www.rowheathpavilion.co.uk



The Ikon Gallery

Where: Birmingham City Centre – Brindley Place in fact, one of the most ‘happening spots’ in the Midlands.

What: An art gallery with spaces you can hire for your wedding reception.

Weddings: Not licensed for the ceremony, but what a place for your reception!

Who: Sam Newman is super-responsive, helpful and efficient. Call him (or one of his team) on 0121 248 0708.

Web: www.ikon-gallery.org/venuehire

Jason Lewis Roasting

Jason Lewis is such a lovely bloke. He’s been a chef for over 20 years and has decided to take his skills outside the kitchen and into the great outdoors with his new mobile roasting service.

He can roast pigs, lambs, beef, turkeys, even venison – and can do it anywhere you like. His up to date kit will ensure his food is perfectly cooked, and his attention to detail means your guests will adore the spectacle of a live roast and we can assure you they’ll be coming back for seconds all evening.

Jason is offering Kemp & Kemp customers 10% off the costs of his roasting services – just quote your wedding No when enquiring.

To contact Jason call him on 07715 260537 or e-mail him on grandadchef71@gmail.com. His new website is ‘under construction’.