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


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




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.


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 His new website is ‘under construction’.

Hiring your wedding day crockery? Here are a few things to consider

In all the excitement of your big day, when you’re planning your own wedding reception, the practicalities like crockery can often be forgotten. Some wedding venues charge a premium for hiring wedding crockery, asking extortionate amounts for the serving plates, glasses, cutlery and everything else you need on top of the cost of the catering. Some venues will not even allow the crockery to be provided by third parties so it could end up costing you a fortune.

Thinking carefully about the small details like wedding day crockery rather than simply accepting the first quote you receive could help you make big savings to spend on the more important things. So, if you’re arranging your own wedding day crockery, here are a few things to consider…

  1. Collection or delivery?

Many wedding crockery hire companies will give you the choice to collect the crockery or have it delivered ready for the big day. Of course, a delivery service will not necessarily come for free. If the hire company is local then collecting the crockery yourself could save you a little money, though delivery is far more convenient.

  1. Terms and conditions

As always, it’s important you take the time to understand the terms and conditions of the crockery hire service. Is there a minimum order amount? How much will you be charged for crockery that’s damaged? It’s worth calling a few companies to ask these questions and get a quote to see what’s right for you.

  1. How many glasses will you need?

If you’re not going to have some poor soul washing racks of glasses during the wedding itself, you’ll need to think carefully about how many glasses you’re actually going to need. If you think that each drink will need to be served in a clean glass, then you’re likely to need at least three per guest.

  1. Always order extra

Depending on the number of guests you are expecting, we would advise you to order at least ten more plates, sets of cutlery and other pieces of crockery than you think you’ll need. Crockery can all too easily be dropped or misplaced during the day and there may be other people that need to eat, such as the photographer or other vendors, you hadn’t factored into your calculations. If you’re not sure exactly how many guests there’ll be, put in your initial order for the higher amount as most rental companies will let you change your order a few days before delivery without charging an additional fee.

  1. What else do you need?

When you’re organising your own wedding reception, hiring the crockery is just one of a seemingly insurmountable mountain of different items to consider. To help jog your memory, a few other things you may need include tables, tablecloths, napkins, chairs, patio heaters, bread baskets, lighting, garden furniture and of course, a bride or groom!

For any additional questions about hiring the right catering equipment for your big day feel free to contact Plato Catering Hire.

Ashover Parish Hall

Where. In deepest Derbyshire, near Matlock, near the M1, but in lush, green, rolling countryside of the Amber Valley.

What. A wonderfully modern, flexible village hall with a professional manager (Amy) and a very warm welcome.  There is a huge cricket field at the back and wonderful views of trees, fields etc.

Weddings. The village hall makes a perfect reception venue with all you could need as part of the price.

Who. Contact Amy on 01246 590005.

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Lynda Smallman (LMS Weddings)

Lynda Smallman uses her extensive experience running weddings for a Midlands Hotel and has now set up her own Company. She will take all the stresses and strains away from you in the run-up (and on the day) leaving you to enjoy the things that really matter – like making time to talk to your new husband at some point on the wedding day!!

Visit her website with some GREAT blogs at or call her on 07980 679575. You’ll get an immediate response every time.

Lynda now offers 10% off her prices for Kemp & Kemp customers.. just quote your Wedding Number when you make contact.

Sami Tipi

Sami Tipi are a Midlands based Tipi hire company serving the Midlands and surrounding areas. The lovely Jodie and Craig own and run this family business, who reached a new level of success after winning the award for ‘The Best Marquee Provider in the East Midlands’ for 2017. 

They are passionate about their glorious tipis which provide the most atmospheric event space like no other event venue. If you have never been inside one of these Tipi’s, you are missing something truly special.

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