Love Heart Feature // Top Table Planner

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:14 -- lottie

Today on the Lace & Love Hearts blog I have something truly unique to share with you! Planning your own wedding is an exciting, emotional and ultimately satisfying affair; however there are certain points during the process where you will want to tear your hair out. One of those occasions (perhaps the number one occasion!) is when it comes to creating the seating plan for your wedding breakfast. But don’t fret, because Top Table Planner has the answer!

Simple, easy to use and affordable, the Top Table Planner gadget is an excellent tool which has provided assistance with planning thousands of events all over the globe, from intimate corporate occasions to big family weddings and banquets. The first version of the tool launched in 2007 and since then it has undergone various updates and improvements which have transformed it into a highly polished and widely employed gadget, perfect for organising your wedding breakfast tables.

Some of the most useful features of the Top Table Planner tool include the ability to drag and drop guests and tables, to import guest lists from Word and Excel, to choose different table sizes and shapes, to indicate meal choices, to add gift tables and dance floors to your plan and to name your tables. Yes, it’s really that good!

The Top Table Planner tool was created and is maintained by a small family team with an excellent reputation for timely and attentive customer service, which is just what every bride groom needs! Adam and his wife Miranda created the software after experiencing the trials and tribulations of creating their own wedding seating plan. In my opinion all of the best wedding related brands are created by bride and grooms to be or newlyweds, as they have first-hand experience of the issues and problems which their product or service is designed to remedy.

The Top Table Planner tool has received a great deal of very well deserved praise from the likes of former Dragon, Theo Paphitis and Gold Group executive, Jacqueline Gold. Oh, and it has appeared in Brides magazine as one of their top 75 websites for wedding planning. High praise indeed!

I used the Top Table Planner tool in the planning of my own wedding breakfast and found that this task, which I had been dreading, was in fact extremely simple and involved no stress what so ever. All of my guests where seated appropriately, the tables were arranged beautifully and we allowed plenty of room to display the cake. If only all aspects of planning a wedding came with such a fantastically helpful tool!

--Lottie ♥

 

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Inspiration // Wedding Favours

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:25 -- lottie

Images: Love Made Visible {via Eco Brides} // Etsy.com

I think it’s about time that I created a post dedicated to one of the most charming aspects of planning your wedding, the creation of heart-felt favours for your wedding guests!

Below you will find tons of ideas for funky, cost effective, eco-friendly and unique wedding favours to wow your guests with. When it comes to your wedding favours you really don’t need to bust the budget by handing out expensive gifts. Something small, heartfelt and even handmade will impress your guests and show them that, despite having a wedding to organise, you still had time to put something charming together especially for them…

Images: Stacey Hedman {via Ruffled} // Matrimonio in Villa // Cosmos

Beautifully scented homemade soaps are a lovely way to thank your guests for helping you to celebrate your special day. Perhaps you could create a rose scented soap for women, cedar scented for men and fruity scented for the little ones? Adding dried flowers, dried herbs and glitter will really make your soap into something special!

Images: Etsy.com // The Lane // Homemade Serenity // The Sweetest Occasion

Another great way of giving your guests something which smells gorgeous is to make or buy scented candles. Three lightly scented beeswax candles in colours which match your concept can be tied together using twine and a name tag, and handed out to your guests as a simple, eco-friendly and romantic favour.

Images: Shannen Natasha {via 100 Layer Cake} // Blue Rose Photography {via Style Me Pretty} // Taryn Rahl Photography {via Beloved Weddings} // Etsy.com

Have you ever thought of giving your guests a living favour? A plant or tree will continue to grow long after your wedding has taken place, and every time your guests care for it, they will remember what a fantastic time you all had together. Flower seeds are also a wonderful favour as they allow your guests to take them home, plant them, and watch them grow, while all the time reminiscing about your big day.

Images: This Love of Yours... {via 100 Layer Cake} // One Fab Day // Peaches & Mint {via Belle & Chic} // Pinterest // Pinterest

How about something sweet and yummy? Personally, I adore the idea of creating edible favours as they are so inextricably linked to weddings these days. If cupcakes, macarons and cake pops aren’t your thing, how about jars full of something delicious and homemade? This type of favour work particularly well at an autumn or winter wedding when you can fill them with preserves, chutneys and jams. I’m also very keen on giving jars of liquid sunshine (aka. honey!) during the balmy days of summer. Further ideas for edible favours include tea, home-brewed alcohol, flavoured oils, seasoned salt, mini jars of sweets and coffee beans.

Images: Rustic Wedding Chic // Etsy.com // Austin Warnock Photography {via Southern Weddings} // Pinterest

The most eco-friendly wedding favour has got to be something which your guests can take home for their garden wildlife to enjoy. Packets of bird seed and seed cakes are so easy to make and children and adults alike love placing them on the bird table or garden wall, running back into the house, and watching to see if anyone pops by to enjoy them.

--Lottie ♥

Love Heart Feature // The Perfect Afternoon with Zouch & Lamare

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 21:21 -- lottie

Image: Photography by Krishanthi

As my loyal readership will no doubt be aware, I love being spoilt! So when the opportunity to spend ‘The Perfect Afternoon’ with luxury wedding planners, Zouch & Lamare, was brought to my attention, I jumped at the chance!

The event was to be held in an atmospheric and sophisticated wine cellar in Central London, and would be conducted by the cellar’s passionate and extremely well acquainted CEO and founder, Moez Seraly. Together with his team at The Perfect Cellar, Moez introduces his clients to wines from some of the most prestigious boutique and artisan winemakers from around the world, whilst maintaining a strong interest in providing his clients with excellent value for money.

Images: Photography by Krishanthi

The Perfect Afternoon is a twist on the traditional afternoon tea, substituting tea with fine wine and champagne which has been expertly paired by the knowledgeable sommeliers at The Perfect Cellar. This experience has been tailored for anyone with an interest in learning more about wine, and is ideal for brides and grooms who are ready to choose their wedding day wines.

Images: Photography by Krishanthi

During our perfect afternoon we had the opportunity to sample some of the most splendid wines I have ever tasted, and to discuss how to correctly compliment and increase the enjoyment of a meal by pairing it with the correct type of wine. We sampled six delicious wines while Moez talked us through their origin and pedigree, and explained to us how different wines could affect (whether positively or negatively) the tasty treats we were enjoying.

Images: Photography by Krishanthi

The entire experience was exquisite, and made all the better by the expert hosting skills of Zouch & Lamare. The cellar was decorated beautifully with floral arrangements by Wildabout Flowers (based on white and red wine), elegant place settings and complimentary table stationery. Photography by Krishanthi and Urban Cinematography captured the event perfectly.

Images: Photography by Krishanthi

I fully intend on treating a group of close friends to The Perfect Afternoon in the near future, perhaps during the festive season so we can choose our Christmas wines!

--Lottie ♥

Image: Photography by Krishanthi

About Zouch & Lamare:

Zouch & Lamare offer bespoke planning services for luxury weddings and events with elegance and personal style. Founded by Mimi Zouch and Liesl Lamare, the company brings a fresh and exciting approach to weddings.

Their wedding planning services are tailored specifically to reflect the couple and their vision for their wedding day. They work closely with the couple and their budget to design and coordinate a fun, memorable and entirely bespoke wedding.

The Perfect Afternoon from Urban Cinematography on Vimeo.

 

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Zouch & Lamare

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The Perfect Cellar

Website // www.theperfectcellar.com

Twitter // @PerfectCellar

Facebook // www.facebook.com/PerfectCellar

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