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:

Amazing Wedding Inspiration with Whitehouse Crockery

July 2019 First post

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

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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Crockery of the Month – May 19

This month’s crockery of the month is a set of glasses that you will have seen plenty of here at Whitehouse. Though our crockery of the month posts have been aboutlesser-known items in the past, we thought we’d use this month to show off the item that seems to have eclipsed all others in its popularity. It has a gold rim, comes in a champagne flute, red and white wine glass and tumbler, it has a spiralled stem and beautifully sleek shape. Any clue what it is? I guess we’ll tell you.

This month’s is…Cara!

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If you follow Whitehouse on any kind of social stream you will have seen this beautiful set a multitude of times. Not only do they work effortlessly in eccentric, grand weddings, but they also steal the limelight in close, intimate occasions. Of course, gold has been a bride favourite for a long time now, but we believe it is Cara’s simplicity that also gives it an edge over other products. We have hundreds of photos from shoots, weddings and events that showcase Cara in the most exquisite situations; shining on its own or creating its own subtle aura within the midst of a larger scene. Either way, we can see why it has stolen the hearts of many brides and grooms alike, which is why we thought it was time to compile some of the best photos together to create a Cara portfolio for you all to enjoy. For each set, we’ve looked at the style of the photos, the colours that it has been matched with and our favourite piece of styling, just to give you an insight into how us Whitehouse folk look at these pictures.

Askham Hall

Style: Modern and sleek

Colour scheme: Grey, black and gold

Favourite thing: These incredible matt-grey candles – such an interesting twist on a staple part of a table-setting.

Other Whitehouse pieces: Scarlett gold charger plates, Valentine porcelain plates and Grace cutlery

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Boutipi

Style: Boho and DIY

Colour scheme: Light brown, lilac and green

Favourite thing: These hanging bulbs create the most intimate ambience, especially when they’re inside a tent.

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Delamere Manor

Style: Chic and minimal

Colour scheme: Maroon, pastels and white

Favourite thing: Delicate stationary always works perfectly with certain pieces in our selection, these stylists knew exactly the right type of paper to sit atop our items.

Other Whitehouse pieces: Scarlett gold charger plates, Valentine porcelain plates, Grace cutlery.

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Broughton Hall

Style: Clean and minimal

Colour scheme: White and gold

Favourite thing: We love these vintage photos in the centre of the table, adding a sense of nostalgia to this couple’s special day.

Other Whitehouse pieces: Daisy gold charger plates and Alice cutlery.

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The Savoy, London

Style: Eccentric floral explosion

Colour scheme: White, pink and gold

Favourite thing: Is it possible to say everything?

Other Whitehouse pieces: Sienna gold/Eliza clear charger plates and Eden cutlery.

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So there we have Cara, working its magic in all the best scenarios. Interestingly, though they are often included in different colour schemes, they are paired with many of the same items. We love the Cara and the Scarlett matched together, since their gold rims make sense in the same situation, however we would highly recommend thinking outside the box, trying Cara with different colours and styles to see for yourself how it can work in [literally] any setting. To see more Cara, and hopefully a few other pieces from Whitehouse, follow us on all of our social media pages.

Credits:

Belvoir Castle

Photography: @rachaelconnertonVenue: @belvoircastleStyling and Planning: @nataliehewittweddingsFlorist: @floraldecoweddingflowersCake: @couturecakesnlStationary: @rosepressLinen Runner: @madphilomenaFurniture: @rosetoneeventfurniture

Askham Hall

Venue:@askham_hallEvent Styling: @tebbeyandcoCalligraphy: @neatcreativeFlorals:@madeinflowersCandlesticks: @narrativehireCandles: @goodsforgatheringsLinen: @special_occasion_linen

Boutipi

Tents: @boutipiPhotographer: @adenphotoStylist: @rustic_rose_company ♣ Stationary: @lonetreeweddings ♣ Venue Host: @louisiannasweddings ♣ Venue: Aldby Park

Delamere Manor

Floral decor: @the_weddingfairy ♣ Photography: @zehraphotographyyCake: @littlebuttonbakeryStationery: @bymoonandtideVenue: @delameremanor

Broughton Hall

Planner: @heleneriksenweddings Stationary: @silkbeau ♣ Cake: @pink_frosting_cake_company ♣ Florals: @flowerdesignevents ♣ Hair: @wedlocks_ ♣ Dress: @casablancabridal ♣ Venue: @broughtonhallestate

The Savoy, London

Masterclass: @thefloralexperienceFloral designer: @karentraneventsWedding & Event Planner: @plannedforperfectionVenue:@thesavoylondon with @savoyweddings @misssashacullen& @pennyweddingsSupport florist: @wildaboutflowerRoses: @rosaprimarosesFlowers: @gfreshpietCake designer @elizabethscakeemporiumBand: @thefunctionbandStationery:@ananyacardsProduction: @luminaire_eventsPhotography: @stuartwoodphotoKaren’s Gown: @brownsbrideKaren’s jewellery: @boodlesjewelleryTableware:@whitehouse_crockeryHair & Make up: @gemsuttonArtist: @liveeventartistChairs: @eventdecorhireEntertainment: @dream_performance& @sophieadamsballetcoLinen: @just_4_linen @Sasha’s gown: @theweddingclub1