How to create rustic and woodland themed weddings and events

How do I create rustic & woodland themed wedding or event

Most people will think..Well that’s easy & maybe to some people it is..It could also be why it is such a popular choice and I might add still going strong. When we’ve seen ‘vintage’ come and go and come back in some forms again. Still so many people love the idea of a rustic themed wedding.

 

What it means

Rustic is a very loose term and can simply be a bride thinking she wants the opposite of a slick contemporary look. Or for some they choose to style everything down to the favours in a strong woodland / rustic theme*. That’s their take and there really is no right and wrong. You should use your own artistic licence here.  For example if I hear woodland I think a cute outdoor space to dress. But the client may be trying to recreate that mystical forest outdoor theme inside top to toe.

*I love this image found on pinterest of the detail you can go to.

Rustic & woodland themed weddings and events

What you need

There are 3 main ingredients here. Top of the list is tree slices, these are used mainly to elevate the design whether it is for cakes, buffet, food station or a photoshoot. Candles give that magical look. Moss fills in the gaps. Then anything else you add leads it in one direction or another. Apple crate definitely more rustic. Pine cones & leaves will take you more strongly to the woodland path. Although as I said before both will intertwine.

This one on Pinterest is utterly gorgeous with just three (my magic number)  items. Logs, candles & flowers. Right down the middle rustic and or woodland. Gorgeous.

How to create rustic and woodland themed weddings and events

These are my version of how you can elaborate on a woodland theme.  The extra props I used on both pushed into an enchanted forest theme complete with potion bottles, branches, bones, ivy and mystic balls.

How to create rustic and woodland themed weddings and events

 

How to create rustic and woodland themed weddings and events

The most important thing

The styling always looks the best if you can elevate it so the eye is drawn comfortably around the spectacle in whatever form this may be. It won’t look anywhere near as impressive if you have to look down onto a flat table. Get some large pieces in there to really lift it in my case here for this wedding at the garden museum – apple crates and plenty of them. Get it high.

How to create rustic and woodland themed weddings and eventsMany of these props can now be hired here and if you don’t see what you are looking for do get in touch on the contact form. 

Here’s some rustic themed canapé tray styling to complete the look. These weren’t all created for the same event. So try and stick with something that matches and runs throughout. For example I would continue using these Shimeji & enoki mushrooms throughout the rest of the displays. Rustic & woodland themed weddings and events

Rustic & woodland themed weddings and events

 

Where to find the most stylish hire equipment

Where do I find the most stylish hire equipment.

 

Who’s looking?

Are you looking for the best furniture hire around. Are you a bride and this is all new to you? Or are you an event planner with little time on your hands to research the hot new Furniture Hire places? Either way I can guide you with some tips. The good news is that there has been an explosion in luxury hire furniture in London (& I’m sure the rest of the country) with great companies literally springing up.

What sort of equipment.

I’m not talking about the standard stuff that we’ve all seen before. There’s really no excuse for  generic looking event furniture now. We are talking the sort of swoony sofa’s that we dream of lounging on at home. The real deal. And those oh-so-on-trend gold wire pieces to go with them.

Ok there’s no point in me just talking about it: let me show you my top faves in no particular order…

My top contemporary furniture hire companies.

  1. Hire it. This is a stunning wedding or intimate dinner set up. They have some bang up to date pieces. Work well for out of town events too as they have lots of uber-cool garden furniture for marquees and country garden parties.

Contemporary event furniture

2) Granger Hertzog. Ok these guys have one off pieces ideal for photoshoots and the lobbies of venues for example. But you won’t find huge quantity of any one thing so don’t go looking for your wedding breakfast seating here. They do have artwork, ornate mirrors, art deco vases & lamps and rugs. This does mean you need to go & physically pick out the pieces here to style you event/shoot. You get given a trolly and whizz (ok not whizz – as there’s some mighty pricy artefacts in some of those aisles) around.

Contemporary Event furniture

3) Juno hire. These guys slammed into my radar only this week and again I have to say “wow!” Just look at this set up (for Plain Jane Events I imagine). I mean this is what dreams are made of right? Pink velvet AND gold geometric. Five stars for these folks. Contemporary Event furniture

4) Furniture on the Move. I’ve always thought of this company as being suppliers of heavy, almost industrial equipment like metal chairs and wood pallet bars. My view has changed now as I saw their range this week and it turns out they have all sorts of yummy soft furnishings too. Add them to your list.

Contemporary Event furniture

How nice would this tray work with the above look. We have 2 available for hire here. Which we’ve had adapted. They have mirrors on both sides to work either way up – one way as risers for that stunning looking buffet and also they can be carried as drinks or canapé trays. Geometric gold mirror tray riser

Here’s the links to my top four from above.

Hire it

Granger Hertzog

Juno Hire 

Furniture on the move 

 

How do we create environmentally better events

We need to work out how we create less environmentally damaging events.

What have we done?

Unless you have been in space for the whole of 2018 it will have become horribly clear what we have actually done to our planet. We didn’t realise we were doing everything so wrong. Plastic is lighter than glass meaning transportation is cheaper & easier. So instead of being that return and reuse society we once were, we’ve became a throw away nation ..ok world! We didn’t realise that every single piece of plastic ever made is still on the planet.

The understanding

This year has been the one of stark realisation for me & most. For some time we have seen images of  the floating plastic island that’s 3 times the size of France. But now every social media is showing the next stage. These bottles, cups, fishing line and so on become brittle and break down, being ingested by fish, sea birds and wildlife, potentially killing them and I’m sure it won’t be long (maybe it’s happened already) before a shard of plastic is sticking out of our fish dinner.

The biggest culprits

We need to all take blame and do our bit. There are some industries that are worse than others for waste & I’m ashamed to say the events world is a big bad culprit. We can’t hide any more. We have to do something.

I have worked  in and seen many of London’s catering warehouses and I can see many ways to reduce waste in general (I absolutely hate all waste from food to plastic and everything in between and that goes for leaving offices full of computers on over night. It’s still a resource that we are wasting!).

7 quick fixes

  1. Make or buy rigid boxes for trays & glass wear. Send it to the event like this. It actually makes breaking down at the end of the night quicker. Even better if these boxes have a photo attached of what should be inside. Makes stocktaking easier & most efficient.
  2. For unusual shaped fragile items with no box, protect all sides with cardboard. Kitchens and offices receive goods every day in cardboard boxes. It’s a free resource and it will reduce on what we have to pack down into our wheelie bins. Double win.
  3. If we have to use glitter (and this has been my biggest faux pas), then we need to use something that is either biodegradable/edible or use an adhesive that holds all the glitter in place on the item so no bits end up in our river & streams and finally into the sea.
  4. Stop cling-filming glass. It invariably ends up on site smashed within the cling film… It does not protect it… It IS single use plastic.. Keep the cardboard box it was bought in and label it clearly. Send it on the event like that. If it needs a dust wipe it over when you use it.
  5. Absolutely no plastic straws. These should be well gone already. There are paper, bamboo & metal alternatives. No question.
  6.  Say no to the guests wanting their mini dessert in a dispo plastic bowl from Plastico with a mini plastic spoon (sorry plastico we know you are trying make to changes too.)* There are now so many beautiful reusable small bowls and cutlery around this should no longer be an option.
  7. Don’t buy bubble wrap. It’s that simple cardboard & newspaper should and will replace it if it is not there to use carelessly.

I say quick fixes because we have so far to go. However imagine if we ALL start with this.

I don’t believe replacing items with corn starch is the answer either. Imagine how much land we will have to start destroying to produce enough corn to make the starch. Sadly we have to change our throw away nature and simply wash and reuse. See how much better it looks.

Sustainable events

2019 is going to see changes in what we serve and we are going to go back to nature a bit more with design & materials.

 

*I watched a short film by Plastico who have suggested they will start collecting glasses up from festivals and events and re using them. Ok but they may have forgotten about the range of other events that we put on every day of the week.

Halloween dinner party

This date in the diary is a great excuse to get creative with your pumpkins and have some fun with your table centres..

 

Styles & colour schemes

This one is one that you can work with the tablewear you have at home or can hire in for your event. I failed art so plurlease don’t tell me you can’t do this one. All you need is some white paint and the follow a similar pattern to what’s on your plates. If they are striped do stripes.. Everything ties in beautifully and it makes you look like a domestic goddess.

Halloween dinner party

I saw this on Casa De Perrin. Yes again! and decided to try it. Of course theirs is better but I had fun building this tablescape and so did our guests so that’s all that matters.

Chalk and cheese! Uber chic and modern. Why not add something funky to your pumpkins to match your cutlery. These are munchkin pumpkins they are a beautiful shape & accentuated when spray painted gold. I do love black and gold so this one is the winner for me.

Halloween dinner party

Who’s going to invite me around for next years Halloween dinner party.

How do I style a halloween party

Are you wondering how do I style a halloween party – A grown up one? Let me throw you some tips so you can wow your friends at home.

Where to start

Choose your colour scheme. Traditionally there’s not much to play with here. Black, orange, red, purple, gold are about your strongest colours for this time of year and this is plenty! If you remember my rule from previous blog posts you’ll know to stick with 2 or 3 colours to keep it slick.

Where & what to display & dress

Up there at the top of the list should be to decide what sort of party you want to hold. Like if you are having a dinner party where you’ll want to dress the table or a stand up drinks you can decorate more of the room. How do you style halloween

This is loads of fun if you’re having a drinks reception. Theres a focal point and it gets everyone fully immersed.

Likewise this dark moody dresser could be  propped with some ghoulish props or kept gothic and moody..How do I style a halloween party

Halloween party

For dinner parties or events you can still go super stylish and have as many gourds and pumpkins as you like or none at all and get really creative. I utterly love this company. @casadeperrin on Instagram. They do all sorts of table top curation & rental in LA and are the absolute best!

 

How do I style a halloween party

 

I also love this image on Lettice event  Pinterest page.  It’s macabre but also delicate too. Big up – if it was their super cool creation.How do I style halloween party

Finishing touches

You know how easy this would be to do. You can buy mirrors like this from Ikea and using those spray paints to distress the frame and the mirror adding the skeleton with a glue gun. Hey presto you have a great feature.

How do I style a halloween party

No halloween party is complete without some front door decoration. This is mandatory. It helps your guests know where to come and gives them an exciting taster of the stylish event they have waiting for them inside. How do I style a halloween party

If you want to remind yourself of a previous halloween blog post with one of my fave mood boards check it out here. 

 

Hiring Canapé trays V buying canapé trays

 Hiring canape trays

We are seeing a shift from purchasing to hiring canapé trays with our event industry clients. Everyone wants the new latest thing and to stand out & be different so it’s hire all the way now!

 

Benefits of hiring for the client are

-Exciting & interesting pieces that move with the times.

-No need to find storage space for the stock.

-No need to invest in stock that will go become yesterdays news.

 

 

"Perspex buffet risers for hire" pink cake pop tray Bowl food tray hire "Clear canapé box"

 

 

Where it began

I started out designing pieces for sale. However in an ever changing world when everyone is trying to keep up with the times & keep inovating. Clients are no longer investing in these very expensive trays.

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And I have had to keep up and adapt to what people want. So much so that I have removed sales from the website altogether, which leaves me time to concentrate my time elsewhere.

Who hires

So along came hiring. Caterers, hotels, restaurants, members clubs & wedding planners are coming to Tina Nisson Design looking for trays, often for large creative events & they charge the hire fees straight onto their client. It’s a winning formula all round. Our part of the bargain – making it as user friendly for clients to have what they need as easily as possible.

I read an article in the ES Magazine and a wise person said ‘The assets people care about have shifted — we’re renting far more and experiences matter more than ownership. It’s the same with the events industry.

See for yourself

Head to the hire page and take a look.  at the range. It’s not only acrylic trays now either, with an increasing stock from wedding & event design. There’s lots of unusual items that add something special to events.

 

Large bottle for hire "Rose Gold storm lantern" Glitter Champagne bottles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is something that you would love to hire on a regular basis get in touch & I will consider designing something new for hire.

 

 

 

 

Wedding arches – why have one?

What are they?

Wedding arches basically create a perfect backdrop for your ‘I do’ moment. A lovely bride has contacted me to design her a fabulous one.  Her ceremony is on top of a hill (with a knock-out sea view) so the arch will have pride of place. A wedding arch can be shaped however you like & made from pretty much anything. Ideally use whatever material features most in your wedding styling.

 

Why have one?

Quite simply put, they frame you & your partner perfectly when you are saying your vows. That’s the all-time memorable photo opportunity with your loved one. The one time all eyes are on you. While a traditional church gives you a wooden framework around the altar that your florist can work with, anywhere else you have the exciting option of building something totally unique.

 

Top choices

I love the ones below. The first one is made from copper which I’ve become a dab hand at working with, creating all sorts of food stations & even clients cook book stands!  Scroll through the carousel images at the bottom of my website here or check out a previous blog post.

Since writing that blog post in 2015 copper has gradually not only filled events in every way possible, it has worked it’s way into almost every home and now of course naturally into weddings & it looks great. The other two are gold and work perfectly too.

Wedding arches

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Here’s a sassy boho one. Floaty lace wedding dress essential with this style.

contemporary wedding arch

It doesn’t actually need to be an arch. You could make something like this.

wedding arch

There is a lovely backdrop using balloons on my wedding design page too. So whether it’s a back drop or traditional wedding arch you can have fun here and it’s such a great opportunity to get more of your personality into your celebration. Finally it can help tie the whole theme together.

Head to my wedding arch Pinterest page for more inspiration.

 

Inspiration for styling events

Styling an event 

I was asked by my web developer where I get my inspiration for styling events from when we were trawling through a million photo’s of – & I admit  some whacky events.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that people will be curious on how it all comes together because for the last 10+ years when people ask what I do for a living and I say event designer, it’s met with ooh’s & ahh’s & how cool is that. And I think it is to be fair.

Let’s start with this one..

Where is all starts 

This started off with a cream dresser and I wanted to fit a small story into this. First place I went & where I go with every styling enquiry is Pinterest. I spend a good hour there trawling through compiling the right look for the project.

building the theme 

When you read my last post (pardon – go read it now please!) you’ll know I’m into greenery so this design had to have lush large green leaves incorporated into the design. This year I got quite into dusky pink when mixed with a smidgen of peach. The blog post before.. Yes correct!

Stick with what you want to do

I didn’t want to go tropical here (even though everyone was telling me to use the word tropical as a title for the key words YAWN!)  but instead wanted to keep it a bit different a bit newer. After all I can’t do what has been done before me so other than the pineapples  because I like them I was sticking with the simplicity of matt powdery pink & shiny green leaves. So plants on pink is my favourite title and if it’s not a key word then I’m sorry.

Inspiration

So here’s a few images that got me going..

plants on pink

You just cannot beat a cheese plant for impact. This is why I have cupcakes, Macarons & cookies in it.

plants on pink

I want to paint all my walls this colour with a garden full of bird of paradise but this also means I need to live somewhere hotter than South West London! Ho hum

 

bold plants

I did paint a few of the leaves but the tones here are bang on.

pink plants

This plant actually grows with pink shades going through it. Natural beauty.

 

Rounding the design up

So once I have my colour and my hero feature it’s now about adding the right props. Don’t add to many so it looks cluttered but enough to keep the interest. I don’t like to use too many colours in any one design when I’m styling events.

Finished design

This piece, now designed, is fully hireable as one piece for weddings & events. Clients can carry the design straight into their home. A bit like pouring a ready meal into your own ikea dishes and putting it into the oven for your guests to marvel at your handy work. You’re welcome. Have a look here for other designs. At some point in the near future, when I’ve leant the skill of adding a few more hours to the week. There will be a collection of these one stop shop designs.

When the piece is finished I’m always wishing I had ‘just done that’ . In this case I wish I had shoehorned a few more Monstera leaves around the balloons. There’s always next time.

Actually the next one I want to work on involves more cacti & plants in a cool Mexican vibe..

I mean just look at these. If anyone wants to help me fulfil this desire to design something around this gorgeous look do step forward &

get in touch  tropical plants tropical vibes

tropical

Tropical plants

Top choices

We can’t get enough of rich green foliage & tropical plants here at Tina Nisson design HQ this season. Current faves are strong structural tropical house plants like bird of Paradise, Elephants ear and everyones favourite from the 70’s the good old cheese plant which has made a huge come back in the last couple of years. Have a look at one of my food stations designed around the Cheese plant or using it’s proper name – Monstera.

Tropical Plants

"tropical plants"

Bird of paradise plant

This is our pleasing view every day!! A white bird of paradise. Although I don’t want it to flower incase it ruins that perfect leaf shape. Is that a little bit weird? I thought so.

For weddings

They all look Uh-Mazing when added to crisp white for a wedding like here.

Tropical wedding

 

I’ve personally never been a huge fan of an abundance of flowers. I’m a bit more of a minimalist. So for me strong rich leaves are a super slick winner for me.

Foliage accessories

It also wouldn’t be complete without hand written calligraphy place settings. You can also add leaves for place settings.

gold wedding calligraphy leaves

Just look how the elephants ear leaves in the centre of the table in the mood board below is such a strong & powerful look. Then how the table centres in the one next to it creates a more gentle calm look.

Foliage

 

Really who needs flowers. Go bold & don’t use any flowers for real wow factor.

Take a look at our Pinterest page aptly names foliage for your on trend wedding or event inspo for this summer.

 

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We won’t sink the pink..

We won’t sink the pink

The bright fluffy candy floss pink may have had a really good run. For 3 years or more it’s taken the limelight especially at weddings, well actually there will always be pink in wedding design. It’s the colour of love. However we have a new and exciting  tone of pink busting it’s way in & I love it’s sophistication.

Inspiration

A setting plaster type of pink. As so perfectly named by farrow & ball.  This is a muted powdery colour & has a mild hint of peach. As always it looks stunning with gold. But it also looks great with wood if you want to add gravitas. Add these chairs & you’ve got a strong look. And you don’t even have to mention dusty or Blush pink to your future husband. If you are wedding planning this year and want some inspiration take a look. I believe we won’t be able to avoid it this spring & summer. We’ll tell you one thing Tina Nisson Design door is getting a fresh lick of paint in our new fave!

 

Hell why not go all out…

 

Pink Blush setting plaster