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How To Get Guests Mingling

We are firm believers in the psychologies of surrounds, how people engage within them, and how the scene that is set is a huge catalyst to create and enhance moments and memories.

Creating a wedding that excites, gets guests talking, mingling and interacting are all the right ingredients for having a fantastic wedding celebration where everyone is united in sharing the big day.

By creating focal points that are interactive you bring people together, to share in the fun. We always design interactive table plans that are more installation lead – things that bring a smile to the guests and an element of surprise to keep the buzz of the day going.

For a Bollywood Beach themed wedding we created huge sand pits with names on rectangular tags and umbrella cocktail sticks, as if a scene from a beach. When guests arrived for the evening reception the escort card and cocktail stick were given to them to immediately pop into a Welcome Cocktail drink.

Carefully consider your floor plan, trying to ensure that there are no ‘lone’ tables where guests at that table could then feel partly removed from the main hub of dining and speeches. Also consider how the room functions after dining, when the bar opens and the music is underway. Placing the bar in the right location, and also considering the best situ for lounge areas is important in keeping guests together for a super social wedding day – the more locations you have for activities, the higher chance you have of guests dispersing amongst those, which would suit more of a free-flowing festival style wedding.

To keep things sociable, during reception drinks we’ve seeded games such as the Fortune Game, with custom made messages within that then encourage guests to mingle by asking them to perform fun (don’t worry tame) dares – such as curtsying to the Mother of the Bride, or starting a Mexican Wave at the end of speeches.

The dining experience is the social hub and you can bring so much creativity and ideas to the tablescape. They are like the canvas, with the centerpieces the paint – that’s how we like to think of it! Creating a picture that is reflective of the couple, and peppered with ways to get guests mingling and having fun is always front of mind when we plan and event design a wedding.

We personally love it when a couple opts for banquet dining, as the table width isn’t as wide as round tables so it enables you to easily talk to those either side and also opposite, and you can also have some fun with the configurations!

If you’re needing help planning your wedding and looking for the fun factor then get in touch.

English Marquee Wedding

Devon Delights
A Devon Marquee Wedding by award-winning English Wedding Planners Knot & Pop Knot & Pop wedding

Today we look back on an incredible wedding that we loved every moment of helping plan and style.

With nothing but blue skies all around, Rachael and Dave celebrated their wedding with a wonderful weekend in the Devon countryside.

With two amazing kids, Rachael and Dave wanted the wedding to be fun-filled for children and adults alike with a unique wedding that represented their loves and lives together. From the dance floor and Lindy Hop lessons where they first met, their story was told and weaved through their big day with the most personal of touches. Informal, inviting and enchanting, the day was packed full of surprises including the best best man’s speech from their 7 year old son.

The ideas were never-ending! Rachael pinned over 1000 images of inspiration (yes, really…possibly even more!) that we then discussed with her to pin point the core themes and schemes to create mood boards that acted as the guiding hand-print to the day. The venue provided lots of inspiration to the theme and the format of the day, enabling guests to make great use of the grounds. With a retro illustrated style, the invites featured and highlighted the country feel of the day with abstract trees setting the scene. Corals, hot pink, pops of yellow and jade and sea green formed a fun palette for the day that blended across florals, tablescapes and outdoor seating areas. Above all else, the celebrations were to feel relaxed, fun and reflective of the couple and their family so they could have the best day of their lives together.

The ceremony took place in front of a lightning struck tree in the grounds of stunning South Allington House. A spiral hay-bale aisle was created which allowed the couple to walk passed every guest and soak up the incredible atmosphere.

For a more relaxed day, Afternoon Tea was served following the ceremony with rustic trestle tables dressed with runs of vintage doilies and sea green fabric wraps to allow the rustic nature of the tables to peek through. The table plan featured photos of the family floating beneath giant cardboard cut-out balloons with guest names placed within. Each balloon was named after a Lindy Hop move, celebrating how Rachael and Dave first met.

Inside the marquee large white balloons acted as table markers with the Lindy Hop name attached on over-sized luggage tags, with coral pom pom ribbons adding pops of colour that continued across the napkins. On each table a designated sous chef was given a silver salt-dough heart, pressed in vintage lace that the bride had made herself, allowing them to collect and serve the fresh-from-the-oven scones and Afternoon Tea. The great outdoors were brought in with large branches running the length of the marquee poles to create the natural and country-fun-filled day, that saw food trucks arrive in the evening to serve fish n chips and wood fired oven pizza, before the dance floor got under way with Lindy Hop lessons.

If you need help and ideas with your marquee wedding then get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Photography by Ed Peers

Totally Tropical

Fun Wedding Theme

Bring a taste of the tropics to your wedding, with a healthy dose of colour and summer fun.

Let bright, bold colours add a pop to your wedding and say aloha to this totally tropical theme.

Embrace fruitiness with tropical pineapples worked into the table tops as an alternative to vases, as a fruity twist on a place name with miniature pineapple flowers, or even to give wedding lawn games a tropical twist with pineapple bowling.

Create a drink station by offering delicious drinks out of coconut shells, finished with all manner of colourful straws and cocktail stirrers, with a Fruity Finishing bar for those edible toppings, mixing orange slices with lemon, pineapple and lime.

Use palm or banana leaves throughout the theme, scheme and décor. Whether as platters for canapés, backdrops for top tables or ceremony style, or as prints across cushions in lounge areas, the luscious greens of the leaves will instantly create a tropical oasis.

Add some colourful, unexpected and tongue-in-cheek touches to your tropical theme by placing a flock of flamingos through your decor. Whether it be flamingo fairy lights for a cosy atmosphere when the sun goes down, some big birds planted in the grass, or as a design detail across your stationery suite.

The totally tropical bride may be drawn to a statement gown, dip dyed in a bright colour… reminiscent of citrus fruits or pink as a hint to those fun flamingos.

When the British climes can never quite guarantee the sunshine, this theme will provide the summers feel whatever the weather.

If you need help developing your wedding theme and scheme, then get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Velveteen Rabbit Kids Party

Christening Luncheon
Christening Party by Knot & Pop

The spotlight turns on us today as we bring you a London summer garden party we produced.

Not just about the weddings, we organise all manner of celebrations. From birthday parties, to product launches, and oh-so-cute Christening luncheons.

Taking inspiration from the Velveteen Rabbit, the celebratory party brought the children’s favourite story book to life with characters from the book forming the table plan and table decorations, with a bespoke table runner illustrated, and made for the occasion. This was a gorgeous occasion to mark a special day for two sisters, their families and their little boys.

With welcome drinks served from vintage drinks dispenser and jam jars, guests first had their photos taken against a hessian backdrop that showcased pages from the Velveteen Rabbit, applied in different papers.

The table plan was named after different characters from the book with beautiful illustrations commissioned by Knot & Pop. These illustrations were also applied to toy blocks that were used along table tops, propping up the menu cards. We also had the illustration applied to statement table runners that have now become a lovely keepsake for the family.

Flowers also took inspiration from the rabbit theme with carrots upturned in milk bottles, asparagus ferns and celery sticks, mixed in with a wild flower look and feel. Hanging from a wooden pergola, further flower bottles and bunches of carrots and radishes created a beautiful garden gathering.

With no detail over-looked, the food and drink perfectly complemented the theme, with terracotta pots of hummus and carrots, and artisan breads served as nibbles during the welcome drinks. The courses were served on hand-crafted wooden platters, finished with edible flowers for a taste of the garden.

To remember the day by, two hardback copies of the Velveteen Rabbit were inscribed with a message to the sons and signed by all the guests at the luncheon.

To see more images take a look here.

Wedding Beach Theme

It’s a Shore Thing
A beach loving bride, on the Knot & Pop blog, UK wedding planners Greer G. Photography

Taking inspiration from the tones of the ocean, from blue greyish shades to jade green, and off white, the wedding world is your oyster with this beautiful wedding theme.

Drape fabrics in blue grey shades on to wooden tabletops, contrasting with large white candles placed alongside shells, pebbles and driftwood gathered from the seaside – all those washed-up treasured finds.

This isn’t about pristine linens – opt instead for slightly crumpled or ombré dyed, with the table cloth recalling the meanders of the sea. For the crockery, play with textures and pick plates with a dappled appearance, with gently tinted mismatched glasses to accompany.

We have a bit of a thing for sea glass at K&P HQ, and can’t get enough of it when it comes to this theme. From the table plan, to place cards, combine sea glass with modern calligraphy in white inks.

For the wedding wardrobe, mix things up with the wedding dress and opt for a blue grey or even soft rose colour, wild and voluminous in silhouette, so it flows beautifully in the breeze.

Sink into this ocean inspired wedding theme, with all it’s natural beauty and ethereal charm.

If you need help pin-pointing your theme and scheme then get in touch – creating unique wedding scenes and settings is what we do best!

Wedding Drinks

Cheers to Drinks Stations
Creative drinks bar for weddings, on the Knot & Pop blog, UK wedding planners

No longer just about the bar, drinks stations are getting more creative and interactive with guests enjoying anything from a Whisky Bar, to fruity Cocktail Counters, Wine Tasting Tables and Hot Chocolate Stands…served up from all manner of places – carts, caravans, convertible Minis (taking the Mini-Bar to a new level…)

A little warming drink may be needed to welcome guests at winter weddings or a refreshing, ice cold beverage required to quench the guests’ thirst on a warm summer’s day. Whatever the reason, we’re down with this drinks trend.

Personalise the drinks station with edible flowers or cocktail stirrers that match the wedding theme. It may be that the couple are known for their love of a particular tipple, a classic mimosa or a fresh mojito, renamed after them for a deliciously, fun twist.

Continue the style of the wedding through to the décor of the drink station. Whether it’s serving cocktails from coconut shells for a Rum Bar or opting for an Honesty Bar feel with cut glass decanters, there are plenty of ways to get creative. Decorate stands with flowers or fruits to soften the look. Keep modern with crisp neutral linens draped over the table topped with lines of bright cocktails adding pops of colour.

Cheers to that.

Festival Party

Summer Fun
Knot & Pop Weddings, Events and Parties

When it comes to throwing an amazing party, our couples are always looking for something different, not wanting to subscribe to the normal, tried and tested ways.

Looking back to one of our favourite events, we worked with a lovely couple who were turning fifty and wanting to celebrate their birthday with all their friends and family in the English countryside.

With a festival feel and lashings of tie-dye, we devised the event design, getting our craft on with all manner of bespoke backdrops, napkins, signage and props.

With two marquees, one for informal dining and the other for dancing, an outdoor picnic table area bridged the two areas, flanked in festoon lights and creating a lovely hub that encouraged guests to move freely, setting a very relaxed and fun atmosphere.

The marquees had tie-dye blue drapes forming the curtain fronts, with a gorgeous dark blue lining for the Dance tent, that mixed with a cluster of bespoke dip dye lanterns and ribbon tassels. The ceiling of the two marquees also had foliage garlands, teamed with blue dyed ribbons, tied on to flutter in the summer breeze. The sense of bringing the outdoors in saw white wire vintage frame lampshades treated in foliage to form gorgeous organic lighting over picnic benches.

Putting the focus on the dance floor, the DJ booth was covered in a dip dye indigo cloth, with a statement gold backdrop of curled paper and foliage. A pop of gold also appeared along the bar with spray painted BAR letters surrounded by a blue tassel garland…and the gold confetti that went off with a bang during the dancing!

Lovely lounge areas were created with day beds and lots of sumptuous blue cushions to keep guests comfy. Candles were dip dyed in blue wax to add those extra little design details, with lovely pebble votives holding blue tealights for that added twinkle come sundown.

A separate Teens area was hosted in the carriage house that saw sweets a plenty in the Tuck Shop area, with the photo booth having all manner of festival inspired props to get guests in the mood. The fun factor was in mind at all times, with lots of games and goings-on. From the foliage wrapped wigwams, to the fruit shaped waterbombs hanging from the orchard, the space hopper races, the Nail Bar, the inflatables around the pool and the lawn games – this was a party that knew how to party!

If you’re looking for someone to organise your event then get in touch.

Wedding Planner Tips

Back To Basics
Mike and Pinky's wedding, produced by wedding and events planners Knot & Pop

Congrats to all those recently engaged couples. Exciting times ahead…

BUT, before you get carried away with the pretty, lost in Pinterest for hours, or on the polar opposite side, feel so over-whelmed that you choose instead to do nothing, let us guide you through the basics to get your wedding plans well underway.

The wedding pot

We know, not a fun one to start on, but don’t avoid this chat. Knowing your wedding budget helps balance the pretty Vs the practical. It’s essential to know upfront what your budget is, and if you need to have a savings pot to make monthly contributions into. It is also worth discussing with parents if they are planning to contribute.

Once set, break the budget down by supplier and/or item, so you can see how to apportion your budget, researching costs as you go. Breaking down your budget allows you to see what you have to spend in each area and is also a great guide to help suppliers with the proposals they make. All too often people make some big early decisions on high value suppliers (e.g. venue), and pay hefty deposits, only to then realise that their leftover budget won’t cover what’s remaining.

Guests

At your wedding you’ll see all your favourite faces in one place, but you need to discuss whether you’re going for nearest and dearest and a more intimate wedding, or opting for the-more-the-merrier with a guest list to rival the Royals.

It’s vital to get that final guest list down on paper so you know the precise numbers. It dictates venue and the size of space needed, and also feeds into your overall budget with costs per head for catering and drinks, total number of tables, and therefore flower arrangements needed etc.

Season

With the two toughies out the way, move onto the fun stuff with setting the date. Ask yourself certain questions. What time of year do you both love? Are there any practical considerations that may mean certain times of year would be too busy for you to properly enjoy the build up to the wedding? If the weather was on your side, do you see yourself enjoying the outdoors with a marquee wedding in the sun or would you rather cosy on down with a winter wedding and lots of log fires roaring?

Thinking about these things will help you work out the right season for you both – and set that essential date.

Location, location, location

From planning a destination wedding abroad, to an area of the UK that you love having holidayed there before, or opting for the city you both now live in, discussing and deciding where you see yourselves saying your, ‘I Dos’, is a fun process – it also helps to tighten the focus on the venue finding itself.

It used to be that the location was largely driven by the place the Bride was from, but these days anything goes so don’t feel dictated by this if you imagine your wedding elsewhere. Always remember: your day, your way.

A one-day celebration or weekend blow out?

Discuss whether you’d rather the wedding and all celebrations in one day, or if you see it unfolding across a wedding weekend with, for example, and arrival party on a Friday, wedding on a Saturday and a wedding hangover BBQ on a Sunday.

Wedding weekend celebrations are growing in popularity and lend themselves particularly well to countryside gatherings with exclusive use venues.

Knowing if you want the one-day or the wedding weekend then nicely rolls in the next point to discuss: type of venue…

Venue

From country classic to modern and minimal and all in between, there are so many different types of venues out there. Historic houses, castles, hotels, countryside barns, blank canvas galleries, marquees, boats, gastro pubs, restaurants…the list goes on.

It’s therefore always best to try and visualise where you see yourself celebrating. Have you always wanted to be a lady of the manor, or do you want something more alternative?

Knowing your preferred location can also help with deciding your venue type – if for example you want a blank canvas gallery or warehouse the city has these in plentiful supply, the countryside less so. Or if the venue is more important to you than the location then the roles may reverse. Know your priorities, and decisions are made more easily.

To find out the other five wedding planner pointers, head to The Lifestyle Edit to read the feature in full.

And if it all gets too much, you know where we are!

Fashion Supper Club

Etsy Event
Festival style by Etsy, an event produced by Knot & Pop

We are big fans of Etsy so were delighted to work with them once more, producing their London Etsy Supper Club for them.

Focussing on their festival fashion offer, we created the event design, and handled all production aspects, working with them from the seed of the idea through to completion.

With a venue secured that had never hosted a fashion dinner before (event planner points!), we brought the Etsy Supper Club to life, building on the anticipation of the event with beautifully designed festival lanyards and bracelet gifting in the days leading up to the event that encouraged a buzz to build.

Bringing a slice of festival flavour to Central London, we created a gorgeous Supper Club scene complete with commissioned artwork for the walls, foliage runners along table tops and twisted ferns, scattered across overhead lighting, for a feel of outdoor dining.

Guests were greeted to the sounds of an acoustic guitarist who played their favourite festival songs, as gathered from RSVPs. Welcome drinks and cocktails were served allowing guests the time to view the collection and choose their gift from the Bag Customisation Bar, before sitting down to a delicious dinner.

Michelin starred Guest Chef, Omar Romero produced a four course tasting menu, with courses renamed Warm Up Act, Supporting Act, Headline Act and Encore to further highlight the festival message. Guests took their seats with their favourite festival written on to their place cards for some nice initial ice-breakers around the beautifully decked out table.

Peppered with festival references throughout, the Etsy Supper Club was full of festival flavour. Enjoy!

Rime Arodaky

Friday Find
The Mayflower wedding dress by Rime Arodaky, on the Knot & Pop blog, UK wedding planners

As luxury wedding planners we are always on the lookout for chic bridal designers. Parisian Rime Arodaky’s beautiful new bridal collection caught our eagle eyes from first glimpse.

For modern brides looking for a boho twist on their wedding dress Rime Arodaky’s bridal ’15 collection has the perfect pieces for you to gush over.

Rime Arodaky’s signature is French chic with a laid back bohemian edge and this collection does not disappoint – it is full of feminine silhouettes with dreamy details, one after the other.

Using contemporary silhouettes and finishes, stunning wow wedding dresses are created that are innovative and unique to Rime Arodaky’s collection. Timothy/Sutton and Caplan/Pennington both effortlessly showcase the co-ordinating trend with matching skirt and top combinations.

Rime Arodaky experiments with French lace by incorporating it into design elements and mixing it with other fabrics to create contrasts of textures. Versatile in their designs, the collection speaks of a romantic edge, toughened up with a rock and roll sensibility for the more modern minded bride.

See the collection first hand, exclusively stocked at The Mews in Notting Hill.