Why You Should Supply Your Own Confetti

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Flick through wedding magazines and browse Pinterest for beautiful images of weddings and you’re sure to see plenty of confetti throwing images. Have you ever wondered how they are so pretty? The majority of the time it is because the couple have supplied their own confetti for their wedding.

Traditionally guests would bring confetti to a wedding, but now it’s more common for couples to supply it themselves. There are still debates about who should supply it, so Shropshire Petals share their reasons why they think you should supply yours.

Why is Confetti Thrown at Weddings?

The throwing of confetti at a wedding marks the celebration of a newly married couple – a sign that the party is about to start!

Going back, confetti was traditionally grain, rice or flowers. Coloured paper shapes then became popular in more recent years, which each guest would bring with them in a small box. However, since we are all more environmentally aware, natural, eco-friendly confetti choices are now the preferred type to throw.

Why Supply Your Wedding Confetti?

Venue Restrictions

Most churches and wedding venues only allow the throwing of biodegradable and eco-friendly confetti in their grounds. Some don’t allow it at all unless it is off the premises.

Couple Blowing Confetti from Their Hands

Natural petal confetti not only disappears within a couple of days, it is also small and light, creating the perfect flutter as it falls over you.

Colour Match

One of the main reasons couples prefer to supply their own confetti is that they can choose the colours for their confetti moment.

Hands Holding Colourful Summer Nights Confetti

With so many choices you can match or contrast your confetti to your wedding colour scheme or styling. You can even select a bold and colourful blend which is guaranteed to stand out in your photographs.

Quantity Control

When relying on guests to bring confetti you run the risk of not having enough to make your confetti moment just right. By supplying it yourself you can ensure you have the perfect amount to create the look you want for your confetti moment.

Bride and Bridesmaids Holding Confetti in Their Hands

Whether you want your confetti photographs to be bursting with tonnes of confetti or a delicate shower, you have control. At Shropshire Petals we have a unique confetti calculator to help you work out how much you will need.

Confetti Features

As confetti marks the celebration of you becoming a married couple, why not make a feature out your confetti with beautiful displays for guests to help themselves to. Here are some of our favourites:

Woodland Theme Personalised Confetti Cones

  • Confetti Cones: Fun and easy to use, guests simply take one and throw confetti over you when the time comes. You can now even personalise your confetti cones, choosing the colour, style and text.
  • Confetti Baskets: Fill a large basket with petals to offer to your guests, or have each of your flower girls carry a basket to give them a job to do.
  • Individual Sachets or Pouches: Give each guest their own bit of confetti by attaching it to their seat or order of service.
  • Confetti Pops: Fun for all – simply pop the top and throw. Your guests will all want to have a go at throwing confetti.

Supplying your own confetti is the best way to ensure you get that magical confetti moment you’ve always dreamed of, so when the time comes, enjoy!

For some confetti moment inspiration take a look at our Pinterest board ‘Your Confetti Moment‘.

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Images from…

Couple Blowing Confetti from Hands: Emma Jane Weddings and Events

Bride and Bridesmaids Holding Confetti: wolken-mit-i

Confetti in Hands and Cones: Shropshire Petals

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Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin’ 2017 Bridal Collection

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I’m sure you must know by now how much I adore all Claire Pettibone wedding dresses, and I really do mean ALL! She has such an incredible talent in creating the most exquisite, pretty and feminine wedding dresses.

Claire Pettibone has two collections – ‘Couture’, for brides with a higher-end budget, and ‘Romantique’, which is a more affordable collection of beautiful dresses.

California Dreamin’

Claire Pettibone’s love affair with California is the inspiration behind the incredible 2017 Romantique California Dreamin’ collection. This collection features an eclectic mix of dresses with intricate and crochet lace, sexy backs and sheer glimpses of sun-kissed skin.

Beverly and Marina Wedding Dresses by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Feeling that irresistible pull to revel in the sunshine, Claire Pettibone took her California Dreamin’ dresses to a private ranch in Malibu. Together with photographer Lucy Munoz and Team Hair & Makeup, they captured the spirit of the golden state with some seriously dream-worthy wedding looks.

“There’s nothing like a barefoot afternoon in a meadow and some wildflowers in your hair to make a girl’s soul smile. I foraged for a few natural elements, like a fern bracelet and blossoms from our super-bloom this spring, and kept the styling and beauty looks with Team Hair & Makeup super-relaxed and simple.

“I always want my brides to feel relaxed. A wedding gown should make you look amazing, but the dress should never overpower the woman who wears it. With this collection I can really see the bride’s essence coming through.” – Claire Pettibone

Intricate Details

Lucy Munoz captured these beautiful dresses in the sun, highlighting the intricate details…

Beverly Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Carmel Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Laguna Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Detail on Laguna Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Marina Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Pasadena Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Detail on Back of Pasadena Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Detail on Santa Monica Wedding Dress with Cape by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Santa Monica Wedding Dress with Cape by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Three beauties from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin’ 2017 collection stand-out for me. The first is Coachella. It’s not easy to find a wedding dress that evokes infectious grooves and an untamed spirit, but Coachella delivers. With its chapel length lace overlay sweeping down into a train at the back, this is such a unique dress. It oozes bohemian flair, with long sheer sleeves, cotton crochet lace and seductive side slits. This dress also features an open back with jewelled silk tassel ties.

Coachella Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Detail on Coachella Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Del Rey is the epitome of boho beauty. The intricate cotton crochet pattern and sweet plunging neckline is so pretty. The back is a sexy open low back with a scalloped lace train. If you are looking for a sexy, feminine dress with a boho feel then maybe Del Rey is ‘the one’.

Del Rey Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

My final choice is Silverlake, a real showstopper with pretty lace cape-sleeves that wrap around to reveal the stunning back. Intricate silver and ivory cotton embroidery cascading down the centre and through the sleeves makes this a dreamy wedding dress. Definitely a dress of timeless beauty.

Silverlake Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

Detail on Silverlake Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone - Image from California Dreamin' Styled Shoot

All the dresses in the California Dreamin’ 2017 collection are so incredible you will be spoilt for choice! See the full collection in the gallery below, and find out more about all Claire Pettibone’s collections at clairepettibone.com.

Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin’ 2017 Gallery

Beverly Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Back of Beverly Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Carmel Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Back of Carmel Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Coachella Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Back of Coachella Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Del Rey Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
La Cienega Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Back of La Cienega Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Laguna Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Back of Laguna Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Marina Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Pasadena Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Back of Pasadena Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Santa Monica Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Back of Santa Monica Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Santa Monica Wedding Dress with Cape from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Back of Santa Monica Wedding Dress with Cape from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Silverlake Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection
Back of Silverlake Wedding Dress from the Claire Pettibone Romantique California Dreamin' 2017 Bridal Collection

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Getting to Know – E.H. Events & Marquees

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Company Name: E.H. Events & Marquees

Interview With: Harvey

Location/Coverage: Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk

Who are E.H. Events & Marquees and what do you do?

We provide stunning and unique marquees for weddings and other events. We’re a group of young and enthusiastic event professionals with an extremely high quality of work!

Wedding Marquee from E.H. Events and Marquees

How and when did E.H. Events & Marquees start?

We have been operating for just over two years and have just finished our second successful ‘Summer Season’.

What does E.H. represent in your company name?

Originally we were ‘East Hertfordshire’, but we dropped that in order to not restrict ourselves to one area.

Marquee Wedding Styling

Who works at E.H. Events & Marquees and what are your roles?

There are three of us full time. Me (the boss). My role primarily is picking up projects from the start, working with the customer and seeing them through to completion. I’m on-site for every build to ensure the company’s high quality of work is always maintained.

Charlotte (my better half (and the real boss)) mans the office and accounts to ensure we keep on running smoothly and are always in the right place at the right time.

Dave (real name Marcus) is my right-hand man and the Mr ‘can do’ within the company. I have the ideas and Dave makes them happen. Dave also manages the warehouse and keeps our equipment in tip-top condition.

My parents (and grandfather) also have a hand in the company, having run their own successful businesses for many years, making us a true family business of three generations!

We have a whole host of regular team members who are all experts in marquee building and work with us to ensure our customers’ visions become a reality.

What wedding services do you provide?

Primarily we are a marquee company, but we offer a significant range of services alongside that, including furniture, lighting and power. We specialise in marquees though so we like to stick to and focus on what we are good at.

Wedding Chairs Inside Marquee

What different types of marquees do you offer for weddings?

Currently we offer Frame, Traditional and Stretch Marquees for hire. But we are always open to expanding our horizons and we never say no to a challenge. We are always happy to listen to a customer’s requirements and see what we can do to provide for them.

What furnishings do you offer for your marquees?

We have a significant stock of furniture with a huge range of chairs, tables, sofas, bars, coffee tables, poseur tables. The list is huge. We own all of this and keep it to the highest standards, meaning we can assure quality equipment to our customers.

Do you offer lighting and sound equipment?

Yes, we started (many years ago) as a sound and lighting hire company and ended up falling into marquees by accident. But we still have a significant stock of our equipment meaning we can provide not just the marquee, but the entire production inside the marquee ourselves.

That’s yet another phone call the customer doesn’t have to make and another supplier the customer doesn’t have to deal with.

Wedding Marquee Evening Reception

Do you have packages for weddings or are all your bookings individually priced?

We treat every project differently. Every customers vision is different and it often takes us two or three meetings to pin down exactly how that marquee will look. We design our marquees from the ground up and so it’s hard to put this across in a package.

There is a place for a ‘standard marquee package’, but we don’t want to be standard, and we don’t want your wedding to be standard either.

Please can you give us an idea of the cost of hiring a marquee from E.H. Events & Marquees

This is our number one asked question – and my least favourite. We have completed Marquee weddings from £2,000 up to £20,000 and beyond. Every marquee is different.

We are competitive for what we offer and you will always get good value for money from us as well as an extremely high level of service.

Can couples have their wedding ceremony in one of your marquees?

Absolutely. You can use our marquees for anything, within reason!

Why do you think marquees are so popular for weddings?

Marquees offer an opportunity for total creativity. You effectively start with an empty white room and customise it any way you like to show off your personality.

Marquee Blank Canvas

We completed a project earlier this year with bright green carpet and pink walls – what fixed venue would allow you to do that?

You can also set a marquee any way you like, rather than being tied to a venue’s set plan. You can place the marquee wherever you like, whether at home or somewhere special to you. It’s a unique opportunity to show off who you are and create a truly special day that nobody else can replicate.

What sets E.H. Events & Marquees apart from other wedding marquee companies?

Without doubt our passion and enthusiasm for every project. We absolutely love what we do and this shows in our work. Second to that, we have a significant amount of our own stock. Many other marquee companies will take a booking and sub all of the furniture, lighting and other equipment out. In my mind this allows for a lot of room to be let down. I couldn’t face letting a customer down, so I invested so we could provide everything in-house and keep this well maintained.

What type of wedding styling do you think works well in marquees?

2016 was the year for traditional and festival style weddings. My personal opinion though is that you cannot beat a modern looking wedding. Something truly special with clear PVC over the dance floor so you can dance under the stars!

Marquee Decorated for Wedding

Do you have a favourite wedding that has taken place in one of your marquees?

Off the top of my head, no; they’re all my favourites. We put a huge amount of work into each project and don’t stop until both we and the customer are happy. I, personally, have a seriously high level of finishing detail and will not leave a job until I am proud of our output and the customer is too.

Where can your marquees be used?

Within reason we can generally pitch our marquees anywhere – even on hills (although this does require a bit of extra work!). We look at every project with a positive ‘what can we do here’ mindset and, where we can, we will make it work!

Random question… If you could pitch one of your marquees anywhere in the world, where would it be any why?

That’s a tough one, and something I’ve never really thought about. I think I’d like to spend two weeks building the ultimate marquee on a desert island, fly all my friends and family out and have a weekend-long party!

Describe a standard day in your life at E.H. Events & Marquees

There is no such thing as a standard day in the events world! Over the summer we start at 6:30-7am, load our vehicles for the day’s work and head out to either start or continue a build. We generally head back for 5-6pm depending on how we are progressing.

It’s rare to get a day off in the summer months, but from October to February our workload generally drops so we get a chance to take some time to recover. During these months we do the majority of the planning for the following year’s projects and maintain and service all our equipment.

What are your top tips for couples looking for a wedding marquee?

Always, always, always check out your marquee company’s current work. Most will be more than happy to invite you to a current site to see their standard of work. Also ask to speak to some of their previous customers for references. We always offer this and it’s often one of the main reasons customers choose to book with us.

Pictures can often be manipulated to look good, but that’s not possible when you’re there in the flesh.

Where can I find out more about E.H. Events & Marquees?

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