From Summer to Winter

Crockery Suggestions for a Re-scheduled Wedding

Before we start this blog, we’d like to say how sorry we are that you have had to postpone your wedding. We know that, as random events go, this was probably the most unpredictable of them all, which makes grasping the concept that it may continue to alter our lives for months, or even years, to come a difficult one. However, as heart-wrenching as the postponing process may be, we want to make sure your experience with Whitehouse is a smooth and easy as possible, even helping you to choose the right items! Perhaps you’d had a summer colour palette in mind, something that encapsulates the light, easy weather that comes between the months of June to September, but are now looking at moving into the months between October and March. Well have no fear! Though it may be different from a summer wedding, this does not mean it has to be worst, or that you have to force your previous colour choices into your new season. We have suggested some alternatives to the classic summer colours, with these being similar enough to match your old theme, but different enough to give your postponed wedding a new lease on life!


Summer items: Charlotte charger plate, Caterina porcelain, Eden cutlery Victoria glassware.

Winter items: Scarlett silver charger plate, Maya stoneware, Alice cutlery, Cara silver.


We start with the most classic of all wedding colours: white! Easy, simple, and something that works effortlessly in summer, we wouldn’t be surprised if many of the items you have are either white, clear, or fit into a white theme. Of course, this isn’t something you explicitly have to change for winter, since white is obviously associated with snowy and cold weather as well, however if you feel like adding that extra special glint into your day, we would highly suggest silver as a chillier alternative to white. With the same sleekness, but a little extra shine to catch those fairy lights, we have more than enough silver options to add into your wedding, whether it be glasses, charger plates or cutlery. As you can see from the inspiration below, silver certainly doesn’t have to feel ordinary, or even darker than white; it can bring its own lightness to a table, especially when combined with dusky greens and blues.






Pieces in shoot: Savannah silver charger plate, Cara silver glassware



Summer items: Sienna cerise pink charger plate, Florence porcelain, Harper green glass, Rosana cutlery.


Winter items: Savannah taupe charger plate, Penny black porcelain, Jemima slate water glass, Blair cutlery.


Summer is all about bright, bright, bright, however winter lets you explore a slower pace, a darker image and a more intriguing colour scheme. Of course, we aren’t saying that you can’t have bright colours in the colder months, in fact the mixture of bright and dark is often what brings the best results [as shown in the shoot below!] Our suggestions simply show you that, though black, grey and brown may not be seen as traditional wedding colours, there are always ways to weave them into your day, whilst still keeping the lightness associated with the wedding world. Working especially well with exposed wood and tapered candles, we love how the shoot below used blush details to nod its head at summer, whilst completely adapting to the cosier, more enclosed feeling of winter.





Pieces in shoot: Maya stoneware, Blair cutlery, Jemima slate glass



Summer items: Connie pastel blue charger plate, Eleanor pink plate, Eden cutlery, Jemima pink glass.

Winter items: Eliza pink charger plate, Amber goblet, Blair cutlery.


Pastels may be the colour range that is the hardest to let go of. Their soft tones compliment one another so perfectly, it’s hard to imagine anything being able to replace them. We have found, however, that if you take an ordinary colour, like pink, and make it muted instead of pastel, you can find yourself with more of an autumnal feeling, without having to copy the colours of summer. From darker moments, like our black cutlery, to more subtle options, like our Eliza pink plate, you can mix and match your table with as many muted option as possible since, like pastels, they all work exquisitely together. In the example shoot below, they decided to use mustard tones, mixed with our clear charger plates and matte-gold cutlery, to give us a subtly regal feeling to the whole table.






Pieces in shoot: Lacey charger plate, Grace cutlery and Cara glassware.



Summer items: Alicia charger plate, Valentine porcelain, Grace cutlery, Amy glassware.


Winter items: Tessa rose-gold charger plate, Florence porcelain, Martha pink glass, Rosana cutlery.


Last, but certainly not least, we’re taking a look at the most famous colour in our collection: gold. In the past, gold was incomparable to any other tone, perfect in its form and seemingly the top of the precious gem food chain. A few fateful years ago, though, rose-gold entered the public eye and suddenly the ancient champion had a competitor. Subtle in its form and available in many different variations thanks to its duality, we have certainly fallen for rose-gold as much as the next person, with it holding a special place in our hearts in wintery or darker moments. Expert at catching light and looking exquisite within rustic theme, we’re sure that the rose-gold shoot below is enough to show you that if you are choosing to replace gold for rose-gold, you certainly aren’t missing out on anything.






Pieces in shoot: Maya stoneware, Tessa rose-gold charger plate, Rosana cutlery, Naomi glassware and Jemima slate glass.



Shoot one [silver inspiration]: Venue: @bunnyhillweddings – Styling: @bellebijoux_events – Flowers: @the_beverley_flower_company – Hair: @oh.hellounity – Makeup: @cocorosebeautyhull – Stationary: @somers_creative – Jewellery: @haloandco – Photographer: @tabithastarkphoto – Dress: @chantellaurendesigns @ghostorchidbride – Silks: @silkandpurl – Model: @emiliakate__ – Cake: @sammysicedfancies

Shoot two [dark inspiration]: Photography – @nicoladawsonphotography – Venue – @Eastwellmanor – Styling & furniture – @locatetocreate – Flowers – @emilyandmeweddingflorist – Model – @ellebevan – Dress – @victoriagracebridal – Wedding stationery – @heathercorthinedesign – Cake – @bluebirdsbakehouse – Balloons – @bubblegumballoons – Harpists – @2ofharps

Shoot three [muted inspiration]: 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

Shoot four [rose-gold inspiration]: Planning/Crockery: @whitehouse_crockery – Venue: @iscoydpark – Photography: @samsparksphoto – Florals: @redfloral – Balloons: @balloonboutiqueevents – Styling: Kristin at @mrxmrsw – Stationery: @raspberry_toast – Prosecco Wall/Neons: @anthaeventhire – Cake: @unioncakes – Linen: @just_4_linen – Rose-gold chairs: @chairmanhireuk

Whitehouse has entered the building

A few words about,

and a great number of photos showing,

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.














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.












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.








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.











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.









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.






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

A New Era at Whitehouse

With a look back on the last couple of years…

March! How can it be March? Yesterday it was January 1st, we swear…? The last two months have flown past in the blink of an eye, as have the last few years! We’ve hardly been able to take a moment to be  nostalgic about our past, since everything seems to want to move at light speed, but we’re taking a minute now to have a look back. From humble beginnings Whitehouse now hires out to hundreds of private events every year and is lucky enough to be involved in an increasing number of stylish photoshoots (we’ll get on to that later.)  But where did we start? And how did Whitehouse become such an established brand in the weird and wonderful world of weddings? You’re just going to have to keep reading to find out…

whitehouse_crockery_hire_wedding_new_era_4Image 1: Jervaulx Abbey Styled Shoot, see credits at the end.

Though we like to pretend that we were always involved in beautiful shoots (like the one above), it took us a great deal of time to get recognised by event planners and stylists. When we began in 2009 there was just one of us! Running the business single-handedly wasn’t easy, so we slowly built up our hired staff to help deal with our steady in-flow of work. Around 2014 we started gaining real traction in wedding and events circles, when our name finally became synonymous with high quality products and smooth service. Now in 2019, 10 years after we started, we’re proud to say that we are always busy, though there are still only 10 of us running the whole operation!

whitehouse_crockery_hire_wedding_new_era_5Image 2: Regal Romance styled shoot.

From one or two a year, Whitehouse is now asked by industry professionals to be used in their work every single week! We are proud of them all, and know that an immense amount of effort goes into planning every single one. This photo is from one of our most recent, and most widely published, shoots. Photographed at Hedsor House by Stuart Wood, it shows off some of our gorgeous gold crockery, encompassed by pink roses, reflective glass and upmarket tableware. The soft-focus also adds to their fairytale aura, especially with the twinkling tea-lights placed all around the table.

whitehouse_crockery_hire_wedding_new_era_6Image 3: The Walled Garden at Beeston styled shoot.

It was shoots like these that pushed Whitehouse into the eyes of the wider public, as well as showing off our collection to other stylists. Regal, casual, minimalist, outlandish, our crockery catered to everyone’s need, which is why we have such a wide range of photos in our database. People finally knew that no matter what they were looking for, they would be able to find it at Whitehouse.

whitehouse_crockery_hire_wedding_new_era_3Image 4: Clevedon Hall wedding.

But don’t get us wrong, we also love a wedding! Our most passionate reviews come from happy brides who were able to see their vision of a perfect wedding come to life. Our objective has always been to make it easy as possible for someone to plan their special day, and to make sure we were never responsible for any ‘hiccups’ that occur. Delivery and pick up from the venue, flexibility when changing orders and friendly staff have made many people’s day as stress-free as possible, hence why we are used again and again by wedding planners.

whitehouse_crockery_hire_wedding_new_era_1Image 5: Papakata Open Weekend

Last, but definitely not least, we have events. One of our frequently asked questions is ‘do you have enough crockery to cover the entire event?’ And the answer is always yes! In the summer months, we have such a multitude of orders over the weekends that we have made it our mission to have enough of our popular stock to run every event. Of course, there is a limit to this rule, however , we really, really hate having to decline you lot, so chances are we’ll have enough to fit your needs. Beautiful events like the Papakata Open Weekend make our heart leap, since they are such a pleasure for everyone involved.

whitehouse_crockery_hire_wedding_new_era_2Image 6: Garthmyl Hall styled shoot.

So, what is next for us? Well, we have a huge 2019 ahead of us here at Whitehouse event crockery. You guys really know how to keep us busy! With lots of new stock on the way, as well as a myriad of styled shoots in the works, we’ll have a hell of a lot to catch you up on as the year progresses. We want to take you along with us on our 2019 journey to show you how Whitehouse is run behind the scenes, why stylists love us and what we think the biggest trends of the year are going to be. To get inspired, and to keep up to date on our daily activities, follow Whitehouse on all our social media channels.


Image 1: Jervaulx Abbey styled shoot.
Photography: Jo Greenfield ✜ Styling: Emily K Weddings ✜ Florist: All Bunched Up ✜ Stationery: A Little Pigment ✜ Macaroons: Where the Ribbon Ends ✜ Planning through the Alternatives Photography Workshop

Image 2: Regal Romance styled shoot.
Venue: Hedsor House ✜ Planning: Love Lydia Wedding & Events Planner ✜ Photography: Stuart Wood ✜ Lighting: Glo Design and Event Production ✜ Flowers: Paul Rooney Floral Designer ✜ Cakes: Maya Dahlia Cakes ✜ Furniture: Great Hire ✜ Linens: Ott Rentals ✜ Stationary: Leeming Brothers ✜ Macarons: Gourmandises ✜ Balloons: Balloonista

Image 3: The Walled Garden at Beeston styled shoot.
Photography: Emily Olivia Photography ✜ Flowers: Frances and Rose ✜ Silk runners: cfleursdesign ✜ Venue: The walled garden Beeston ✜ Light installation: Fabrictheatre ✜ Tables: Be Event Hire

Image 4: Clevedon Hall wedding.
Venue: Clevedon Hall ✜ Event Designer: Thomas Bui Lifestyle ✜ Flowers: Daisy Lane Floral ✜ Stationary: Design by Pye ✜ Video: Alex Haynes Film ✜ Photography: Sam Gibson ✜ Linens: Allens Hire ✜ Stemware: Keeping it Vintage Devon ✜ Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes ✜ Dress: Sachin and Babi ✜ Suiting: Taliare London ✜ Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Stacy MUA

Image 5: Papakata Open Weekend.
Photography: Natasha carman ✜ Tent and teepees: Papakata ✜ Venue: Escrick Park Estate ✜ Florist: Red Floral Architecture ✜ Event planning: Lucy wright Wedding and Events ✜ Linen: Just 4 Line ✜ Stationary: Wonderland Invites ✜ Cake: Where the Ribbon Ends ✜ Catering: Baba Ganoush Catering ✜ Bar: Yorkshire Bartender ✜ Lighting: lightech

Image 6: Garthmyl Hall styled shoot.
Photographer: Agnes Black ✜ Stylist & Props: Chiascuro Style ✜ Dresses: Grace Loves Lace ✜ Venue: Garthmyl Hall ✜ MUA: Hannah Carson MUA Hair: Annie Elizabeth Bespoke Bridal Hair ✜ Cake: Marie Antoinette Cakes ✜ Shoes: Charlotte Mills Shoes ✜ Flowers: Chloe Robinson Designs ✜ Veil: Sash and Veil ✜ Silk and ribbons: Silk and Purl ✜ Stationary: By Moon and Tide ✜ Model: Ella McNeil