October 4, 2016
At the end of September Inside Outside worked with RHS Garden Wisley to create a wedding showcase. Renowned for its stunning grounds, that never cease to delight garden lovers, Wisley is also an idyllic wedding venue.
Working alongside the functions team, we basically planned a wedding and then invited brides-to-be, their other halves, friends and family to see for themselves how their own wedding reception might look.
We set up an 18m x 9m frame tent marquee with a 3m x 9m extension for the caterers. Fronting the marquee were four Chinese Hat pagoda marquees – their shape gives a really pretty and romantic look and feel, and the additional space allowed for a chill-out area furnished with casual rattan furniture, along with a drinks bar.
Inside the marquee we installed raised boarded flooring throughout and laid a champagne-coloured carpet, which complemented the pleated ivory marquee wall and ceiling lining and pastel colours used in the dining area. Bentley Brown took charge of this area, supplying tables, chairs, linen, crockery and glasses – everything needed for a formal seated wedding breakfast – and Marion McBurney of the Kingfisher Flower Shop created a stylish and sophisticated look with her beautiful floral displays. The rest of the marquee was transformed into a dance area, complete with a black and white chequerboard dance floor, black wall lining, starcloth ceiling and DJ booth. The starcloth ceiling and marquee lighting were provided courtesy of Inside Outside’s preferred electricians and lighting suppliers Lighting with intent.
Working together to provide a magical experience
As visitors approached the marquee they were greeted at a separate Chinese Hat pagoda marquee, where Two Many Cooks offered a selection of delicious canapés. Emily and her team had created a fantastic display of cheeses, beautifully designed with potted herbs and flowers to tie in nicely with the venue, along with other foody treats and desserts. Moving on to the marquee, guests had the opportunity to enjoy a drinks reception and canapés courtesy of Wisley’s on site caterers Company of Cooks, before discovering the dining and dance areas and meeting the various suppliers who were showcasing their services.
Feedback on the day was really positive. Not only were lots of useful introductions made and a future bookings discussed, it was also a perfect opportunity to literally showcase just how well suppliers work together to create a very special experience for wedding parties. Tom Baker of Splendid Sounds, who provided DJ services, said: “It’s always a pleasure to work with Inside Outside and their team of recommended suppliers. Everyone pulls together to seamlessly make every event as good as it can possibly be. Going the extra mile can really make a difference.”
Maybe that’s why suppliers were so happy to participate in this particular event. Andy Stainfield of Barrel and Cask, who ran the bar, commented: “We don’t usually take part in these type of events, but knowing there would be many other Inside Outside recommended suppliers gave us the confidence of shared professionalism and strong work ethic that would give the impression of high quality wedding services.” On the day this meant that visitors to the showcase could easily see that using companies who often work together will result in a magical wedding day, not to mention a less stressful experience for wedding couples during the planning stages.
Wedding photographer Tarah Coonan was onsite, showcasing her unique and beautiful style of wedding photography, Tarah kindly supplied all of the photographs that you see in this blog – check out more of her work at Tarah Coonan Photography.
Judging by the happy smiles on the faces of suppliers and visitors alike, not to mention the endless chatting and discussion, the day was a great success – thank you to everyone who took part (many more than we’ve been able to mention here!) and worked so hard. Oh, and thank you to the sun which shone pretty much all day long!
If you missed the showcase and would like to find out more about how Inside Outside and our recommended suppliers can help make your wedding day perfect, call us on 01372 459485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.