Whitehouse Winter Wedding Lookbook 2019/20

Five carefully picked photo-shoots to help you decide which path you wish to take with your winter styling.

Warm and bright? Cool and chic? Green? Red? Black? This chilly season may give you a lot of choice when it comes to potential colour schemes, but how do you know which one is best for you? That is where we come in. With a combination of classic tones, unique items and an undeniable winter threat throughout [each with their own twist], we’ve put together 5 different mood-boards to refine your choices and give you inspiration through these dark, cold months. But don’t let us limit you, mix and match the pieces that you see to your heart’s content and, if you’re feeling especially brave, simply take these with a pinch of salt and choose the items you want from scratch. Here at Whitehouse, we adore individuality and the ability to look outside the box, with nothing being too far fetched for our tastes.

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‘Though bright colours aren’t usually a part of winter mood-boards, this magnificent shoot threw convention out the window to create something warm, enticing and, ultimately, spectacular.’

 

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Pieces included: Tessa gold charger plate | Simone stoneware | Grace cutlery | Martha pink water glass | Martha smoke champagne flute

 

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Credits: Venue: @thehighfieldhouse | Photographer: @mandgphotographic | Florals: @floral_and_lace_ | Styling & Hire: @bellebijoux_events | Stationery: @thereallyrosieshop | Tables & chairs: @floridamarqueesyorkshire

 

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‘Warm mustard tones feature heavily in this beautifully styled outdoor shoot, with handing bulbs to give all the neutral tones on the table an extra glint.’

 

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Pieces included: Maisie charger plate | Grace cutlery | Cara gold glassware

 

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Credits: Photography:@leahweddings | Styling and props: @floveevents | Eleven Didsbury Park: @eclectic_hotels @weddings_at_eclectichotels | Dresses and accessories: @thecuriousbride | Shoes: @rachelsimpsonshoes | Wedding Stationery: @wonderland_invites | Cake: @pinkcocoa_sarah | Hair: @lisasimmsbridal | Make up: @abbyvictoriamakeup | Lighting: @thewordislove | Silk ribbon: @silkandpurl | Florals: @flower_lounge

 

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‘A pop of colour with seasonal foliage makes this table into something striking yet subtle, completed in the best way: with gold accents.’

 

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Pieces included: Daisy gold charger plate | Grace cutlery | Victoria glassware

 

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Credits: Photo @samsparksphoto | Styling @carrieanntilleybespokeevents | Stationery @penandfold | Flowers @elleflowersuk | Linens @silkandpurl | Venue @styallodge

 

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‘Taking a cooler approach to the winter season, we mixed bright rose-golds with blue and grey tones, giving us more ‘arctic circle’ and ‘Lapland’ feelings.’

 

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Pieces included: Tessa rose-gold charger plate | Maya stoneware | Rosana cutlery | Naomi glassware | Jemima slate goblet

 

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Credits: Planning: @whitehouse_crockery | Venue: @iscoydpark | Photography: @samsparksphoto | Florals: @redfloral | Balloons: @balloonboutiqueevents | Styling: Kristin at @mrxmrsw | Stationery: @raspberry_toast | Prosecco Wall/Neons: @lancsflowerwallco | Cake: @unioncakes | Linen: @just_4_linen | Rose-gold chairs: @chairmanhireuk

 

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‘And to finish it all off…the most beautiful neutral-toned shoot taken in a library. Featuring pampas and roses alike, is this something out of a fairytale?’

 

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Pieces included: Penny black plate | Grace cutlery | Elizabeth glassware | Jemima slate goblet

 

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Credits: Photographer: @jessymcghie | Venue: @porticolibrary | Models: @thetwobohemians | Stylist: @carrieanntilleybespokeevents | HMUA: @thebridal_concierge | Florals: @theancoatsflorist | Celebrant: @trishthecelebrant | Cake: @littlebuttonbakery | Dress: @shikobabride | Veil: @sashandveil | Stationary: @wonderlandinvites | Leather Jacket: @mama_inc_studio | Ribbons: @pompomblossom | Cake florals:@rosehipandwren

 

Which mood-board were you drawn to the most? Though we love the vibrant and enticing colours of the first style, we would probably end up choosing the last board, simply because the final effect is so timeless. There are so many combinations you can choose from during this season, so why not break the usual chain of monotony and try something new! For even more inspiration, head over to our Facebook and Instagram pages, where we post every single day.

The Ultimate Guide to Gold Crockery

A blog to help you decide which gold product [or products] will work best for your wedding.

Gold. King Midas couldn’t get enough of it, and neither can we, though we wouldn’t go as far as to turn EVERYTHING gold [or will we…]. Almost replacing white as the traditional wedding colour, we’ve seen brides migrate again and again to our gold pieces to create a regal look that can never go out of fashion. Whether throwing in just a splash, or dipping the whole wedding in gold, the best thing about it is that you can never go over the top [unless you coat yourself in it…nope, even that would look great.] For those of you who already have you heart set on that magical colour, then this is the blog for you. From a very minimal look, to an all-out gold-fest, we’ll take you through all our gold pieces, showing you the various ways that brides in the past have styled them.

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So there we are! All the gold we have to offer. Has anything [or things] caught your eye instantly? Are you going to choose all gold items, or simply dapple them throughout your wedding? If you need any more ideas, then head over to our Instagram or Facebook pages for daily inspiration on how to style our products.

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Photography credits: Alicia: @msmeganwilson | Amy: @redfloral | Cara: @broughtonhallestate | Daisy: @jasonmarkharris | Grace: @samsparksphoto | Savannah: @elenstudiophotography | Scarlett: @divinedayphotography | Sienna: | Tessa:

Whitehouse has entered the building

A few words about,

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our Whitehouse-oriented photoshoot.

How best to show off all your company has to offer than with a fabulous, four-part photoshoot, complete with neon signs, opulent florals, delicate stationery, colourful linen, delectable cakes and a prosecco wall, hosted in one of our absolute favourite venues: Iscoyd Park. When our little team here at Whitehouse first conceived of the idea, it was something very small, quaint and simple, however as more and more people entered the scene, it became something that exceeded even our wildest expectations. With myself [Matilda] coordinating the team, impeccable styling from Kristin [MR X MRS W] and photography from the every-inspiring Sam Sparks [Sam Spark Photography], the final product is one that puts our products in the limelight, capturing the gorgeous details that make our pieces so popular.

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Look One:

Charger plate: Alicia | Porcelain: Eleanor pink | Goblets: Amber/ Jemima pink | Water glass: Martha pink | Teapots: Vintage range

When Kristin and I sat down to design this table, we began in a disturbingly conservative way. Gold plates and cutlery, clear glassware, maybe a coloured. We very quickly realised, however, that we could actually do anything we wanted! Letting go of our inhibitions, we mixed pink and yellow tones together to create this quirky, Alice in Wonderland-style table, with candles in teapots to add that final Mad Hatter touch. At the time of conception, this table design didn’t have any specific stationery to go with it, but by a stroke of luck Cath [Raspberry Toast] had some pieces that matched our vision perfectly. I was especially taken on the day with how the coral napkins from Just 4 Linen looked on the table, not only working as a brilliant contrast against the yellow, but also adding that little bit of style, since Living Coral is Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year.

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Look Two:

Charger plates: Sienna purple/Zara | Victoria glassware | Jemima lilac tumbler | Blair cutlery

For this second look, Kristen and I thought we’d take the cliche of a pink wedding and turn into something a little bit more intriguing. Using Whitehouse’s dark purple plates, black cutlery and lilac tumblers, we made a table that mixed traditional and modern elements together, with the malleable nature of Iscoyd Park’s Coach House working to our advantage. Always going above and beyond, Red Floral matched the different purple tones with this incredible bouquet in the center, combining effortlessly with Balloon Boutique Events‘ amazing table runner. Looking sleek and mysterious, both Kristen and I loved how perfect this table would be for a bride that wants something a bit different at her wedding, moving away from regularly-used colour palettes whilst still keeping a few feminine touches.

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Look Three:

Connie pastel blue charger plate | Sofia plate | Alice cutlery | Pippa blue tumbler | Martha blue water glass | Megan champagne flute

One of the main aims of this photoshoot was to show off as many of the new pieces that have arrived this year, which our third look of the day pulled of seamlessly. Using all the blue we could find at Whitehouse, the idea for this table was to be something soft, bright and easy going: perfect for a bridal or baby shower, a birthday brunch or an outdoors event. We were over the moon when the sun started to stream in, adding that extra touch to this glittering scene and making it almost feel like summer. Halfway through photographing it, Kristin realised that the spare yellow napkins we had [which were going to be used in the first look] would look brilliant on the blue because of the yellow details on Cath’s stationery. I think it’s safe to say, she was right.

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Look Four:

Tessa rose-gold charger plate | Maya stoneware | Rosana cutlery | Naomi glassware | Jemima slate water glass

Perhaps saving the best for last, this rose-gold set-up captured all of our hearts as the day was ending. Though we were slightly exhausted from setting up and taking down three looks already, we found ourselves re-energised by this exquisite look, backed by the most stylish neon from the Lancashire Flower Wall Company. The dark wood of the table complimented the rose-gold tones perfectly on the day, with every element working together to create something coherent and seamless. As we were putting the plates down, Rebecca [from the Lancashire Flower Wall Company] and I found ourselves oo-ing and ahh-ing about just how gorgeous it looked, especially since the sun was giving the whole room a warm, autumnal glow.

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Extra bits:

Of course, I had to include all the other parts of the shoot that weren’t particular to any of the four looks. We were lucky enough to get 2 cakes from Union Cakes, each having a unique design that was so easy to work with. For both, we chose very uniformed and perfectly-placed crockery to surround them, since the designs themselves were enough to make the tables look fantastic. The final look was incredibly chic, showing off everyone’s pieces without needing to fill all the space. Another part of the shoot was the towering prosecco wall [also brought by the Lancashire Flower Wall Company] which was filled with our Luna champagne glasses. Though the wall is impressive on its own, the addition of the rose-gold balloons created something so awe-inspiring that we didn’t want to empty out the glasses at the end of the day! To capture the last of the light, Sam and I also went outside to get some *traditional-style* pictures of our vintage range, putting them into their natural habitat and watching them shine.

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To everyone who helped to bring this all together: thank you. But also thank you to everyone who has been following Whitehouse’s progress. Even at the start of this year, we hardly felt that we were ready to create something that was completely based around crockery, assuming that there wasn’t enough interest to justify it. Just from the initial response, however, we’ve seen how much you’ve all loved it, which has only made us more excited for the next project. We want to go bigger, better, and more outrageous. Are you ready for it? Because we certainly are.

Planning/Crockery: @whitehouse_crockery | Venue: @iscoydpark | Photography: @samsparksphoto | Florals: @redfloral | Rose-gold chairs: @chairmanhireuk | Balloons: @balloonboutiqueevents | Styling: Kristin at @mrxmrsw | Stationery: @raspberry_toast | Prosecco Wall/Neons: @lancsflowerwallco | Cake: @unioncakes | Linen: @just_4_linen

Whitehouse Black Friday Promotion 2019

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Have you been eyeing up some Whitehouse pieces, but aren’t sure whether to book them yet? Well we’re giving you the best excuse to finally confirm those items with an unmissable Black Friday Deal. For two weeks, Whitehouse is offering 20% off any orders, as long as the items are confirmed and the deposit is paid during those dates. Running from the 29th November 2019 until 13th December 2019 you will be able to get 20% your whole order from Whitehouse, giving your wedding budget [and your bank account] something to smile about. We’ve included a few links below to help you get started on choosing products, starting a quote or simply getting inspired. So what are you waiting for?! Whether your wedding is in spring, summer, or autumn next year, now the best time to confirm your items.

Products page: https://www.eventcrockeryhire.co.uk/products/

Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/whitehouse_crockery/ [@whitehouse_crockery]

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eventcrockeryhire/

How to request a quote: https://www.eventcrockeryhire.co.uk/blog/7-simple-steps-to-crockery-heaven/

If you’re still struggling for ideas, you can email our Social Media Coordinator, Matilda, for crockery tips and suggestions at socialmedia@whitehousecrockery.co.uk

 

Terms and conditions:

- Deal applies only to hired goods.

- Deal runs from 06:00 on the 29th November 2019 until midnight on the 13th December 2019.

- If you have already put in a quote with Whitehouse, you can still get the deal if you confirm and pay the deposit during this window.

- This deal is not applicable to current Whitehouse Event Crockery account holders.

- 20% VAT and delivery will still be added onto the final reduced price.

- Only confirmed jobs will have the deal, if you put in a quote during this period but confirm afterwards, you will not get the 20% off.

- Deal applies to weddings up until December 2021, but not any afterwards.

5 Ways to Plan the Perfect Wedding Table

You’re looking down your checklist. Flowers, check, lighting, check, tables, check, but wait…what about the stuff that goes on the tables!? We know that sometimes, in the midst or preparing your wedding dinner, the hardest part can be choosing what you actually eat off of! Whether you’re new to the industry or a regular visitor, creative block can hit us all. Take a deep breath. If you feel like your vision is going fuzzy from looking at millions of tablecloth swatches, floral designs and charger plates [which, after a google search, you have found out are purely decorative] Whitehouse is here to make your day easier.

We’ve compiled 5 *incredibly* easy ways to decide on your tableware, taking at least one thing off your shoulders and helping you to actually enjoy the planning process! [Photo credits at the end of the post]

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Most people can picture their flowers as the first step when they’re planning their wedding (after the dress, of course). What bouquet they’ll hold when they walk down the aisle, what will be at the center of each table, what will adorn the backs of chairs and entrance ways to their reception etc… If this is something you’ve already decided on, then your crockery choice is simple! Just look at the colours of your florals, or choose one colour within a bunch, and base your table setting around it. Easy enough!

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Whitehouse Products: Sienna baby pink/Eliza clear charger plates, Grace cutlery, Amy glassware

This amazing event at The Ritz in London matched our pink plates to the wonderful array of pink roses that adorned the centre of this table. Accompanied by gold pieces, this beautiful setting matched their flowers in an obvious, yet stylish, way, choosing one of the many pink tones to keep to the theme and round off the event exquisitely.

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So, if you were rolling your eyes at our first idea because it was so obvious, we’ve gone completely off the rails with our second idea. Clashing! For some brides, this is their worst nightmare, however if you’re tired of trying to match your menus to your tealight holders, then this is the idea of you. Any colours that take your fancy, put them into your plates, flowers and decorations, just go all out with it! If you opt for this, however, you can’t half-ass it. It’s all or nothing, so you have to be absolutely sure before you commit.

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Whitehouse Products: Mia emerald charger plate/ Harper red/Amber goblet

This gorgeous photoshoot took the idea of a rainbow and made it into a reality, using a range of our colourful pieces with different types of flowers and an outdoor setting. The bright, natural light catches the colours beautifully, mixing them together into a kind of delicate watercolour. We would highly suggest having a plain table with this idea, like this white wooden table, to keep it looking charming rather than ostentatious.

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Okay, time to take it down a notch, especially from the last concept. You may be feeling more overwhelmed than you did at the start, [which isn’t what we want!] so this next idea can be used no matter the bride. If you are looking for something traditional yet unique in their own way, then a mix of neutrals and pastels is the perfect option. Hard to get wrong, yet so satisfying when you get it right, we would highly suggest taking a look through Whitehouse’s pastel items to get inspiration.

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Whitehouse Products: Caterina 12 and 10″ plates/Rosana cutlery

Neutral plates and pastel decor are a match made in heaven, as shown with this exceptional table setting. With delicate wildflowers, placed in milk bottles and jam-jars, weaving across a river of blue material, our indented porcelain plates and rose-gold cutlery add the necessary touches to this quintessentially ‘English summer’ photo-shoot. The idea of all this is to make the final look feel underdone yet curated – as though you just decided to throw it together [although you probably spent months planning it.]

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Take idea 3, give it a strong coffee and a long, hard day, and you’re left with idea 4. If you love the thought of keeping you colour palette simple, but feel like your wedding deserves more than just white, then adding a dash of darkness sounds like the perfect idea for you. Ushering in the necessary additions that are hard to find with the lighter tones, without having to start from scratch with a totally new concept, this idea is bound to have you thinking different about having black in your wedding.

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Whitehouse Products: Simone 8.5″ plate/Victoria glassware/Blair cutlery

A real wedding! But the wedding of an event designer, so it’s basically a photoshoot… This beautiful day was dappled with greens, dusky pastels and…black! Though it is an unconventional choice, the use of our dark stoneware and black cutlery added a pop of intrigue to her table, matched by elegant, tapered, black candles and black vases. If the idea of all one colour is just too monotonous for you, but you’re also bored of trying to think of tones that complimenting each other, then throwing in a dark ‘wild-card’ is the idea for you.

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And finally, to round off this whole post, we have the most classic and immutable option: gold. Is your wedding filled with colour? Gold will work. Are you trying to find art-deco tableware options? Go for gold. Do you want something that will look fabulous on a simple wooden table? Gold’s your guy. Simple yet effective, gold is bound to look fantastic in any venue, will impress your guests and will keep your nerves within a respectable level of insane since Whitehouse has so many gold options. Let’s keep that heartbeat below 100bpm.

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Whitehouse Products: Daisy gold plates/ Grace cutlery/ Amy glassware/ Cara tumbler

This final wedding used all of our favourite items, as well as our no.1 setting [a wooden table], to bring out the best of gold. Our beaded charger plates are especially popular among brides due to their malleable nature within any kind of scenario, adding a spark where necessary, but also fading beautifully into the background if they need to.

Credits:

Idea 1: Florals: @yourflowerstory_london – Styling: @memories4uweddings – Cakes: @teesbakeryuk – Planner: @byavecreations – Photography: @tellyourstory.photography – Venue: @theritzlondon

Idea 2: Venue: @eastriddlesdenhallweddings – Styling: @oakleafweddings – Photography: @caitlinandjones – Flowers: @stemsdesign – Cake: @whiterosecakedesign – Stationary: @eyilovestudio – Furniture: @all_things_borrowed – Make-up: @sarahisaacsmakeup – Model: @tasha_safiya – Hair: April Howe

Idea 3: Photography: @emilyoliviaphotography – Flowers: @francesandrose – Silk runners: @cfleursdesign – Venue: @walledgardenatbeestonfields – Light installation: @fabrictheatre – Tables: @beeventhire

Idea 4: Styling: @styletocherish – Table cloths: @just_4_linen – Flowers: @markhoweflowers – Stationery: @quintsofjersey_weddings – Images: @hollysmithweddings

Idea 5: Styling: @midlandsweddings – Flowers: @lilifloralart – Venue: @themaltshovel – Marquee: @westcountrymarquees

5 Stunning Autumnal Wedding Moodboards

From flashy florals to coloured candles, Whitehouse has taken a look at Autumn and said ‘how can these trends, which includes the most cliches of all the seasons, become something unique?’ Our answer: you’ll just have to keep scrolling to find out…

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As the leaves turn their usual shade of brown and the sun glides lower and lower on the horizon, our eyes look towards a warm and comforting tone: Amber. Immediately giving us visions of crackling fires and dramatic sunsets, this colour, along with its sister colour, gold, slides effortlessly into the world of weddings without so much of a ripple, adding an ambiance that other tones try so hard to copy. It is during this season that you can load up your evening with candles, fairy lights and chandeliers, giving you that cosy lighting that makes sense with sun setting earlier and earlier each night. Though gold is by no means a groundbreaking colour to use at weddings, by matching it with other warm tones you can capture the essence of autumn without having to have a complete upheaval of the traditional wedding style.

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Top Whitehouse Crockery products for Amber [from top left working clockwise]:

Tessa gold charger plate

Amy glass

Valentine porcelain

Sienna gold charger plate

Amber goblet

Alicia charger plate

Grace cutlery

Ava amber martini glass

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Wait a second, didn’t we just say the leaves were turning brown…? Well, yes, however green still features heavily in the autumnal pallet, so hear us out. From earthy olives to forest greens, the dark, evergreen season starts now. Of course, this is easy to reflect in your choice of florals, either choosing dramatic hanging displays or simple bunches of foliage, however we think that green can be taken even further. With our range of coloured glassware, you can use green on your table to capture the change from pastel greens to the greens that make you want to put on a chunky jumper and order a spiced latte. If you really are trying to turn away from green, however, then how about just one sprig of eucalyptus on your plate? Go on, we dare you.

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Top Whitehouse Crockery products for Green [from top left working clockwise]:

Harper green glass

Mia emerald charger plate

Eden cutlery

Sofia plate

Jade water glass

Sienna green charger plate

Jemima olive glass

Vintage milk jug

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Red. What feeling does it conjure up when you think of it? Love? Lust? Pure, unadulterated rage? For whichever one you are trying to evoke, red, at its core, is simply the colour that brings that little something extra to a table that might be slightly lacking in emotion. From a bright, in-your-face ruby red, to a more tonal maroon, there is nothing stopping you from adding that pop, especially in a season where the trees themselves are making a fashion statement of their own. From a single glass, to an entire tablecloth, the amount of red you want to include is solely down to the level of drama you wish to include [which, we hope, is high.] We’re especially drawn to rouge tones found in velvet and apples, since they hold a depth of colour that can only be found during this season.

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Top Whitehouse Crockery products for Red [from top left working clockwise]:

Sienna red charger plate

Rosana cutlery

Harper red glass

Saffron charger plate

Penny bowl

Isabella copper charger plate

Ruby goblet

Vintage teacup

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Looking up at the sky and seeing grey can be slightly depressing, but looking down and seeing grey on your table doesn’t have to be. Notorious for its use on tablecloths, there is definitely more to take from grey than meets the eye. Of course, grey’s shinier counterpart, silver, is a classic choice for cutlery, however, here at Whitehouse, we love seeing silver on all sorts of plates and glasses as well. Our beaded charger plate, for instance, is the perfect addition to a wedding, giving it that muted shine that compliments any and every colour scheme. We also love seeing how matte grey makes a comeback in these next few months, replacing pastel pinks and blues as the neutral colour of choice – perfect for candles, napkins, and even cakes!

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Top Whitehouse Crockery products for Grey [from top left working clockwise]:

Alice cutlery

Alex glassware

Savannah silver charger plate

Mila glassware

Jemima slate goblet

Maya stoneware

Lexi glassware

Tessa silver charger plate

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Last, but certainly not least, we have the pinks and purples of the season. We know, we know, you’re thinking ‘pink, isn’t that the most summery colour ever?’ Perhaps, but we believe that the deeper pinks and purples can represent this season just as well, coming from the same family as the other warm colours. From classic roses and tulips, to exotic orchids and passion flowers, pink doesn’t have to just be for Disney princesses. We’ve included purple into the mix as well because, though it can be a harsh colour, the mix of pink and purple together can create some of the most gorgeous tones, giving you those special touches without having to be ostentatious. One of our favourite mix of the colours is in the photo above, layering two different pink napkins underneath our gold crockery: perfection.

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Top Whitehouse Crockery products for Pink/Purple [from top left working clockwise]:

Harper purple glass

Connie pastel pink charger plate

Vintage sugar bowl

Pippa pink tumbler

Sienna purple charger plate

Jemima pink goblet

Violet water glass

Eleanor pastel pink plate

So there we are! Are you ready for autumn, or desperately trying to turn back time by looking at holiday photos? Either way, we’d love to know which colour you’d include in your wedding, or if you’ve already had your wedding and chose some autumnal tones, we want to hear about it!

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Amazing Wedding Inspiration with Whitehouse Crockery

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July was certainly a crazy month here at Whitehouse. As temperatures soared, we were delighted to see outdoor weddings being blessed with warm, cloudless days, as well as finally being sent some mind-blowing pictures from many of the photoshoots that we were a part of back at the start of 2019 (and even in 2018!) Being suddenly inundated with exquisite photos is obviously something we can’t complain about, however, we were afraid that due to this influx of material, you may have missed some of the best bits! That is why we decided to create this blog: to take you through some of our favourite pictures from the month, showcasing incredible styling, blushing brides and even some fluffy friends… Now this isn’t to say that all of these pictures were taken in July, but simple that we were lucky enough to receive them [or get to the go ahead to post them] last month. So sit back, scroll through, and enjoy the best of the best!

[All photos include Instagram credits underneath]

Aynhoe

Let’s start big shall we! This incredible shoot at Aynhoe Park, featuring florals from Amie Bone, decided to hold nothing back when it came to decorations. Exploding florals, gold candelabras, feathered flamingos and a friendly giraffe all come together to create a disney-esque scene, all sat within this bright, vaulted venue. As well as trying to be an excessive as possible with their styling, they also chose to include the ideal of ‘love is love': showcasing how it doesn’t matter who is getting married, only that they love each other and want to commit to one another for life.

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Photographer: @sanshinephoto, Styling & Co-ordination: @CharlotteMunroWeddings, Floral Design: @amieboneflowers, Venue: @aynhoepark, Cake and Dessert Design: @elizabethscakeemporium, Stationery: @eg.lettering, Candles Sticks, Bird Cages & Table Décor: @weddingdayhire, Feather Lamps: @amoderngrandtour, Beauty: @teamglambridal, Wedding & Engagement Rings: @london_victorian_ring_co, Gown Designer: @chantalmallett, Furniture: @thepropfactory, Menswear: @tailormadelondon / @chester_barrie

Duddon Hall

We know that the Aynhoe shoot is a hard act to follow, however we felt that this toned-down wedding could give you a little break from the rainbow explosion. Housed in a gorgeous marquee, with a canopy of twinkling fairy lights, this wedding showcased our new olive tumblers for the first time. Pairing them with subtle green florals, our detailed glassware, a neutral tablecloth and simple wooden chairs, the final effect is both rustic and modern, capturing our attention without having to try too hard.

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Photographer: @clairepennphoto, Venue: @duddonmillfarm, Stylist: @kristinmrsw

Hinterlands

This creative shoot had a beautifully unique idea as their premise: using absolutely no natural light, only candles and neon lights. This may beg the question, how can you create a romantic bridal shoot using no natural light? Well, this is where you will find the answer. With chic styling, subtle lighting and suave suits, we can’t help but gawp at how they took this simple idea and turned it into something exceptional.

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Photographer: @amyfaithphoto, Venue: @hinterlandsweddings, White Bridalware: @whiteclosetstudios, Black dress: @shikobabride, Neon Signs: @neoncreations, Florals: @marymaryflorals, Veils/Capes: @adornbyashley, Cake: @elizabethharriscakes, Make-up: @hcarson_mua, Stationary: @sophieklmitchell, Tables/Chairs: @rustichire, Headpiece: @rustyrose86, Models: @babylon_fox and @jack_dyche.

Hirst Priory

It’s safe to say we were pretty excited to get these pictures back, especially when we saw that they had alpacas at this wedding! This gorgeous couple went above and beyond with their boho theme, using our sleek gold pieces to give their tables a little bit of extra shine. We love the open feeling that this venue created, whilst still giving us a woodland-fairytale vibe, with fairy lights and floral blooms to finish the whole look off.

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Photography: @bohochicweddings, Florals: @campbellsflowers, Venue: @hirst_priory, Tipi: @serentipiltd, Organisers: The Alternatives Workshop, Styling: @bornbohohire, Bride’s dress: Reworked 70’s dress by @bexbrides, Jewellery: @samryde_jewellery, Groom’s Outfit: @dandythreads, Cake: @storeybook_cakes, Cake Stand: @bramblesky2014, Pizza Van: @mrandmrspickwicks, Stationery: @raspberry_toast, Alpacas: @jandjalpacas

Rockliffe Hall

This wedding had not one, but two exquisite days for us to enjoy, giving us absolute perfection on both of them. From the white piano with florals pouring out of it [I mean come on, how incredible is that] to the amazing chandeliers, we could probably say this is one of the most luxurious occasions we’ve ever seen. For day one [white] only our gold glasses were used, however we had the privilege of doing the whole table for the second day [blue].

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Photography: @nkimaphotography, Stylist/Planner: @heleneriksenweddings, Florals: @paularooneyfloraldesigner, Venue: @rockliffe_hall, Marquee:@mahood_marquees, Lighting: @lightechltd, Draping: @drapingbliss

Walcot Hall

For our final highlight, we wanted to mix it up and show you this amazing Cuban-style shoot, using delicate flowers, contrasting colours and some of our most unique pieces to give us an imaginative and tropical set up. We love how the worn blue of the table matches the opaque blue of the walls, with every other colour imaginable in between. We think the reason we were so drawn to this shoot was because it mixed both casual aspects with that of luxurious excess, making us wish we were somewhere much warmer than Manchester right now…

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Photography: @birgittazoutmanphotography, Dress, veil and real flower jewelry: @adornbyashley, Styling: @floveevents, Cake: @thesuagarcart, Model: @flaviafazenda, Stationary: @lucky_nibs, Mua: @fran_hansen_hair_fx, Florist: @oliveowlflowers, Videographer: @letsgetitshot, Shoes: @di_hassall, Ribbons and table linens: @silkandpurl, Venue: @walcothall, Singer: @sadiebeth92

Wedding Anniversary Dinners – Whitehouse has you covered

Whether you are planning on having an intimate night with the one that you love, or bringing your friends and family back together to celebrate many years of marriage, anniversary dinners can come in every style, and size, imaginable. Here at Whitehouse, we believe that the anniversaries are just as important as the wedding itself, especially when you have to keep celebrating them year after year! Many of us will be familiar with the gifts and themes for the years following your special day: one year, paper, two years, cotton, three years, leather etc. but this does not mean you have to follow the crowd when it comes to ordinary gifts or dinner celebrations. How about, for paper, a menu for the night written in the style of a poem? What about, for wood [the 5th year], you have an anniversary lunch outside, using only seasonal foods? We believe the possibilities are endless, which is why we want to help you to feel inspired. Covering the first five years, this article will give you some ideas for gifts, tableware and thoughtful tidbits that will stop the first few anniversaries from becoming just another chore in your list of things to do. Remember, the wedding is just the beginning, it’s everything that comes afterwards that really counts…

First year: Paper

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Your first year together as a married couple should, if cliches are correct, be the most magical. Stolen kisses, sorrowful goodbyes in the mornings and silly impromptu dance competitions in the kitchen are all features of this ‘honeymoon’ period. This means that, though the first year’s theme is ‘paper’, it should be no means be plain. The worst mistake you can make in this area is thinking that paper needs to be white. In fact, paper is probably the most interpret-able category of them all, since it can come in a huge variety of shapes, styles and textures. Our dinner was inspired by the idea of the homemade, the personal and the slightly imperfect, incorporating lots of DIY details to embody the excitement of this still-fresh romance.

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Pieces included: Caterina [porcelain], Victoria [glassware] and Eden [cutlery].

By using a set of raised-porcelain as the main plates, as well as using this same style for the teacup and pot as well as white and gold cutlery, we immediately removed the need for any more white on the table. Instead, we wanted to bring aspects of brightness by using yellow, which instinctively reminds one of happiness, halting monotony in its tracks. Brown paper is an easy way to bypass a tablecloth whilst also allowing another layer of creativity into your evening. With ours, for instance, we used it to write a short poem about the night, with the other side showcasing the 3 courses that were going to feature that evening. The little discs alongside them are made from simply brushing some watercolours over a piece of white card, cutting them into circles, then drawing very simple interpretations of flowers on top. When combining all of these, as well as a colourful design for the centre plate and a bunch of flowers within the teapot, the final product is one that has a great deal of personality, with a touch of professionalism. Undeniably adorable, yet easy to execute, this would propel you into the second year of your marriage in high spirits.

Second Year: Cotton

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Once again, cotton may be seen as something simple, basic or even boring, however it can be manipulated and adjusted to fit around you as a couple. For us, when we think of cotton, we think of the empire that it once was: linking it to wealth, prosperity and progress. For this reason, we felt that a 19th century-style tea party would fit this image perfectly. Although you would probably just be hosting in your dining room at home, we implore you to use your imagination in picturing yourself within a grand ballroom, waiting on high-tea and cakes, examining the newest cotton fabrics from faraway places.

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Pieces included: Scarlett silver [charger] Vintage [plate, cup, saucer, milk jug], Alice [cutlery] and Alex [glasses]

Though you are probably more comfortable in your marriage by this point, that does not mean that standards need to slip. For your second year together, it is even more important to show that you still appreciate your other half, which is why this whole theme is centered around grandeur. This scene mixes modern and vintage elements to nod its head at cotton’s extraordinary history and its commonplace use today. A simple napkin, for instance, is topped by an elaborately designed menu, combining past and present effortlessly. Although we included a full menu, you could also make this a setting for delicious cakes or macaroons [depending on the preferences]. We felt that by matching the menu and the place-card, you could make the table feel more professionally laid, with a small note inside the card to add a touch of thoughtfulness. Despite this idea being more refined, it still emulates a feeling of intimacy, with the knowledge that you shouldn’t ever take one another for granted.

Third Year: Leather

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What does one see when they think of leather? Is it a watch with a handsome strap? A beautiful designer handbag? Or perhaps, a little more garish, a cow-skin rug? Of course, any of these would make most people incredibly happy, but does it really reflect on your time as a couple? For this year, the item that came to mind for us was a journal; leather bound to keep the memories within it safe and enclosed, and filled to the brim with kindness. This is something you would have to start straight after your second anniversary, but the final product would be something heart-warming.

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Pieces included: Valentine [plates], Grace [cutlery] and Martha smoke [glass].

Leather can sometimes seem like the textile with the least amount of soul [despite actually being made from an animal]. It is hard, impermeable and opaque, three things that usually aren’t associated with romance, however it can also resemble permanence, reliability and excellence. Receiving something made from leather is always a treat, however we know that a leather wallet can sometimes feel impersonal. Instead, starting from your second anniversary, try keeping a journal of the everyday moments in your relationship. Things that made you laugh, made you cry, brought you together and made you stronger as a pair. Include photos, tickets, receipts and anything else that helps you to remember the special moments you chose to document. Then, when the anniversary comes around, you can share memories from your year together: reliving things that you had perhaps forgotten and remembering that every day with that person can bring something new.

Fourth Year: Flowers/Fruit

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Some people may look at this theme and think ‘well this must be the easiest, just buy a lovely bunch of flowers, and you’re done!’ Oh you poor, poor soul. Have you learned nothing year? Just because the concept is simple, that does not mean the execution has to be as well. For this year, we felt that the idea of ‘season celebrations’ fit perfectly. This means looking at the season in which you chose to get married and reminding each other why you decided that was when you wanted have your ceremony. This means looking at florals, fruits and general decorations that reflect the season of your choice, with each having their own beautiful merits.

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Pieces included: Eleanor [charger], Sofia [plate], Vintage [teacup, pot and side plate], Harper [water glass]

Since we are writing this in July, we felt it would only be right to have a summer-inspired table for the celebration of the fruit and flower year. By going out and collecting wildflowers, you can add that personal touch instantly, as well as letting your other half know you are going to the effort of creating your own bouquets, rather than simply buying a pre-made one from the shops. We wanted to keep the colours lively to reflect the vibrancy of the season, with a lace tablecloth to stop the scene from feeling heavy or serious. We also took some cuttings from a local magazine to stick on the wall, brightening the whole table and giving it an art-gallery feeling. This year is all about making your relationship feel fun and fresh: perhaps remembering when things were a little more impulsive, unrefined and free-spirited. Forget, for a day, about bills, taxes and responsibilities and instead think of one another and the things that initially brought you both together.

Fifth year: Wood

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Wood was probably the hardest year to think of something unique, so instead we chose something so simple that it is often overlooked. Instead of ornate wooden objects, or things made of wood [like pencils or, of course, paper], we thought that enjoying the material at its source would gives this year the significance it deserves. By taking a picnic out to your local green space, you save money on restaurants, trinkets and travel, instead revealing in what nature has to offer. Of course, this is easy for us to say now, in the middle of summer, however we’re sure there are some beautiful wintry walks that would have the same effect as this.

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Pieces included: Summer [charger plate], Rosana [cutlery] Florence [porcelain] and Jemima slate [glass]

Firstly, congratulations on making it to five years together! Though people don’t put as much emphasis on it as the decade mark, we know that making it to five years is already an amazing achievement. Secondly, the final layout is something that is so easily repeatable, it’s hardly worth talking about it [but we obviously will.] The muted tones of our picnic blanket match the theme perfectly [with this one have an appropriately rustic pattern on it] with our crockery keeping the exuberance to a minimum. We included some charcoal drawing of the plants that surrounded, thinking that this might be a sweet activity to do together, instead of looking at your phones or talking about work. Sometimes it is the times when you are being quiet together that makes you appreciate one another’s company more. If you are desperate need of giving a present, then how about sponsoring a tree [or even an entire woodland] for your partner through the National Woodlands Trust? This way, you can create a tradition of visiting it every year on your anniversary, or, if you don’t have the time, just envisage the tree as a symbol of your relationship: strong, beautiful and hopefully, long-living.

We hope you feel inspired to do something a little bit different for you anniversary, or even for your wedding! Share this with a friend that has an anniversary coming up to help them do something unique and don’t forget to check out all our social media pages for more interesting ideas.

Whitehouse Crockery Meets Disney

We see so many princess-style weddings here at Whitehouse, we thought it would be time to see what a real princess would actually do with our products! We’ve put together some table layouts for some of our favourite Disney heroines, either to celebrate their happily-ever-after wedding, or simply for a grand royal feast that they might be hosting. We’ve included a good range of princesses, but if there’s someone you would desperately like us to imagine a table for, then just leave a comment on this post and we might create a part 2…

Snow White

Snow White may be the oldest Disney princess, but we felt that a few modern twists could give her wedding table a 21st century feeling. Using dark blue, yellow, rose-gold and black, we featured all the colours that are associated with Snow, but translated into a more fashionable tones. Like all Disney princesses, she expertly mixes a delicate sensibility with a tough will, which is why we chose to have such striking items upon a lace tablecloth. We think Snow White would adore this at her wedding and, hopefully, she’ll recommend us when all the dwarves get married too!

In this look: Scarlett rose-gold charger plate, Sofia porcelain, Blair cutlery and Serena glassware

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Rapunzel

Rapunzel is probably one of the princesses with the saddest story, but also the one with some of the strongest willpower. That’s why we felt her wedding should be a mix of classic and eccentric colours, because, at the end of the day, she can do whatever she wants! Delicate flower petals nod their head to the origins of her powers, the magical flower, whilst darker purples hint towards her troubled upbringing. We definitely believe she deserves the full princess treatment after been locked away for 18 years, therefore we put as much pink and purple in as humanly possible.

In this look: Sienna purple charger plate, Caterina porcelain, Alice cutlery, Harper lilac water glass, Alex glassware

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Meredith

In a way, this table setting is the anti-wedding set-up, since Brave is entirely about how antiquated arranged marriages are for smart, independent, capable women [or any women, in that case.] To honour that, we went for a very rustic, rugged look, incorporating stoneware to match the harsh, but beautiful, Scottish environment. We felt that Meredith’s hair was bright enough to do away with any colour anywhere else on the table, therefore all the tones are muted down, including the delicate Gypsophila that sits beautifully within the crisp, white napkin. Meredith taught us about the importance of family, as well as the power that a women can have if she believes in herself, two ideas that we support wholeheartedly.

In this look: Charlotte charger plate, Simone porcelain, Alice cutlery, Dee tumbler, Crystal glassware

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Jasmine

We simply had to cover Jasmine’s wedding table in bright blues and glinting crystal, since she probably lives in the grandest circumstances of all the princesses. However, because Jasmine never wanted the life that was given to her, opting instead to roam the streets with Aladdin, we’ve given her both opulence and simple aspects, all combining to create a look that captures both sides of her personality. An emerald-coloured charger plate matches the vintage-style plate atop it, with this gorgeous menu finishing it all off to the highest standard.

In this look: Mia emerald charger plate, Vintage side plate, Blair cutlery, Madison glassware

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Belle

Beauty and the Beast always had the most fantastic message: just concentrating on looks will lead to your ruin, instead focus on making yourself a better person. This is why we went for a deliciously simple layout, with the single rose representing the Beast’s countdown and a regal piece of pink-rimmed porcelain to remind everyone that Belle did, unbeknownst to her, fall in love with a member of the royal family. A teacup replaces the usual glassware which, we hope, would burst into life at some point during the reception to sing a beautiful song. We won’t hold our breath though…

In this look: Sienna baby pink charger plate, Eleanor pastel pink porcelain, Grace cutlery, vintage teacup

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Aurora

Blue strips cut through this table layout, representing the thorns that kept the prince from waking Aurora from her destined sleep. Apart from that, however, we felt that, as one of the kindest and most nature-loving princesses, she should have engorged flowers and scattered leaves to soften the table, along with a pale blue charger plate to match her dress (although, we could have gone with pink or purple as well…). The gold of her hair is captured in this beautiful cutlery, as well as her polite sensibility. If Aurora is proof of anything, it is that having three women raise you makes you a kind, interesting, respectful woman yourself.

In this look: Connie charger plate, Caterina porcelain, Eden cutlery, Harper purple water glass

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Tiana

For our last princess, we changed the tone with Tiana’s frog-inspired colour scheme. Perhaps the most humble of all the princesses, Tiana knows the value of hard work, as well as the importance of quality over quantity. This is why we think she would choose bold, but not excessive, colours, with detailed flowers to remind her of the short time she spent traversing the undergrowth as an amphibian. Once again, we had to include hints of gold just to remind us that she is, in fact, a princess, however we didn’t want to push it in everyone’s face.

In this look: Sienna green charger plate, Valentine porcelain, Grace cutlery, Vintage teacup

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Which princess do you think you relate to the most?

Would you go with the ultra-princess table set-up, with Rapunzel, or for the toned-down feast set up like Meredith. We’d love to hear about your favourite ones, and don’t forget to share with any friends who you think deserve a princess wedding. If you’re feeling inspired, go straight to the main part of our website to start a quote, but if you’re still looking for more to spark your interest, then check out our social media pages. We post pictures every single day of weddings, shoots and layouts that we’ve done at the Whitehouse HQ, so click on any of the links below to go straight there.

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