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Weddings on the Mind

Putting mental health first in the wedding industry

By modefor, Aug 19 2020 09:16AM

The following blog has been written by one of our amazing Mode for... creative team, Keri Graham.


Keri is a wedding planner, musician and book lover and has been right at the heart of the wedding industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.


But, even amongst the chaos, she has found some positives which she shares with you here...


2020 has been one heck of a year for the wedding industry, with only around 3 months of usual wedding trading allowed to take place.


But the good news is, you can still get married!


Now it seems we are (hopefully!) over the worst, current restrictions are that you can have up to 30 people attend a wedding ceremony. These numbers include the person conducting your ceremony and a photographer, so you can invite up to 25 of your nearest and dearest to join you.


I’m a Wedding Coordinator and personally, I love small, intimate weddings! There is so much more available time for you during the day to spend with your loved ones - although at a safe social distance at the moment!


So, why not make the most of a bad situation? At the end of the day, you’re still getting married and saying those important vows to each other, and that is the most important part of any wedding! Yes, you may not have everyone you wanted present, but you could always have a bigger ‘do’ to celebrate at a later date and invite all those that you weren’t able to.

Here’s a few little tips you can do to help make the most of your wedding at this time;


Personalised face masks

Instead of giving your guests traditional wedding favours, perhaps supply your guests with personalised face masks. They’re a great keepsake from your special day and they’ll be sure to use them! In England, face masks during wedding ceremonies have to be worn by guests, so you could have these waiting on their designated seats as they enter the ceremony room.


Video call loved ones

If there really is someone special that couldn’t make the day, arrange to video call the ceremony to them. We have some amazing technology with FaceTime & Zoom/Skype now, so this is an easy and free thing to arrange.


Get married later..….which means you get a lie in!

As there won’t be a reception or big group photographs to take, think about moving your ceremony to later in the day. This will give you time for those extra zzz’s and also, gives you plenty of time to get ready. This can really help calm and relax you on your wedding day, as you won’t have the hustle and bustle of a busy room full of people getting ready with you.


Enjoy a larger celebration at a later date

With the extra money you will be saving from having an intimate wedding, why not put this towards a bigger party to celebrate when you are able to. You can invite all the people you weren’t able to have attend the ceremony and can bring along your photo album for everyone to have a nosey at! This really does extend your wedding celebrations and gives you something to look forward to. But if that’s not your thing…..why not put the extra money towards an amazing honeymoon to start off your married lives!


Of course, for some couples, a smaller day is just not for them and that’s okay. Just please remember to postpone your day, not cancel, to help all the lovely suppliers in the wedding industry.


Keep up to date over on our Instragam @weddingsonthemind for more hints and tips to make sure you enjoy your wedding day stress free, whatever your guest numbers!


Love

Keri x



By modefor, Sep 21 2018 10:11AM


The sound of an acoustic guitar floated through the lawns at Hargate Hall this weekend, as our beautiful bride Sarah, took the long walk from the main hall to picturesque summer house in the garden.


Green Days’ - Time of your life was the couples chosen soundtrack. The sun shone and a light breeze genteelly rustled the trees, Alex looked up and smiled at his bride as she walked towards him. Sarah looked stunning, with an exquisitely detailed wedding dress that just kissed the floor and a bouquet of bright colour flowers that only added to Sarah's beauty.


This was the first outdoor ceremony I've seen at Hargate and it was pretty special! Sarah and Alex’s wedding was the perfect start to our month of September weddings at Hargate Hall.


The sun continued to shine as guests drank prossecco and cocktails after the ceremony on the Terrace. The groomsmen had set up an incredible cocktail bar and all the children played garden games and enjoyed the bouncy castle. It was such a lovely atmosphere; a wedding filled with laughter, love and friendship.


The wedding breakfast was incredible too and we loved supplying the food. Our favourite Italian style sharing starter boards of cheeses, meats and antipasti veg. followed by delicious chicken and mash, accompanied by fresh chanteray carrots and crisp green beans. For dessert we served an amazing sharing plate, piled high with chocolate torte, lemon tart and local Bakewell tart, with of course - lashings of fresh cream!


We loved decorating the marquee with over 100 colourful lanterns, adorning the ceiling and transforming our beloved marquee. With all the flowers and centre pieces styled by Mode For... it was a busy weekend for us.


Sarah and Alex fell in love with Hargate Hall and we are so happy we could make their wedding day dreams come true. Wishing you so much happiness.


Much Love, Laura xxx


Venue: Hargate Hall

Flowers: Mode for...Events

Styling: Mode for.. Events

Food: Mode for...Events

Co-ordination: Mode for...Events


By modefor, Jun 11 2018 10:20AM

We kicked-off June with a fabulous wedding at The Arches as Dean Clough. The wedding of Jamie and James.


This fabulous couple had everything organised and it was all about foliage, ferns, fabulous food and fun.


They actually held their wedding ceremony at Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags which is a beautiful National Trust hidden gem in Hebden Bridge before coming over to The Arches in a vintage bus. Then it was time for a few photos, a three-course sit down meal from the in-house caterers Eat Me - Drink Me and dancing, all night long!


There were some great extra touches too with succulent favours, giant games supplied by Add Vintage, our favourite photobooth Herman from Volkswagen Wedding Company. Florals were by The Willow Garden.


The first sneak of official photos from Lianne Gray Photography are absolutely fabulous too.


Check out our behind the scenes images HERE.


Congratulations Jamie & James.

Much Love

Tabby xxx


By modefor, Jun 4 2018 09:25AM

One of the most valuable things we can be is honest but, being honest with ourselves is tricky and this is especially true when it comes to our own wedding.


Therefore, it’s time to get honest, realistic and believe in your own integrity when it comes to planning your wedding.


Let me break it down a little into three key areas, in no particular order (and btw… there are plenty more things you can get honest about, not just these! Don’t even start me on children at weddings and traditions such as cake cutting and first dances!)…


Pinterest


Firstly, whilst I love Pinterest for inspiration and general nosiness, get off it when making your final planning decisions for your wedding. Get your own wedding and stop stealing someone else’s! Be honest with yourself and ask yourself what YOU and YOUR partner really want. Don’t just copy someone else’s wedding or ideas that some professionals put together for a styled shoot. These images are there to be inspiration for you and not for you to carbon copy. So, close your eyes, imagine your big day… what does it look like? Honestly? Now create this vision.


Budget


Yep, the big ‘taboo’ that you need to be really honest about because quite simply, starting married life in debt purely from a party you were paying for where everyone else ate and drank sucks! So, be realistic and honest. Pick your budget truthfully and stick to it. You can have the most amazing wedding on a small budget. These big fancy expensive weddings do not make you any happier in married life than an elopement and quiet dinner with just the two of you.


Small budget does not mean missing out. It’s an opportunity to get wise and savvy financially and produce a wedding which is the truest reflection of you both as a couple with the people you love most around you. Which brings me on to my third point…


Family


Get really brutally honest here. If you don’t like them, don’t see them and have nothing to do with them, why would you invite them? Especially if it was at the detriment of a friend who has shared so much with you or quite simply just makes you laugh and you want them at your party? Being related does not give people the right to expect an invitation to your wedding. Now, I’m not suggesting a lack of sensitivity and being mean in not inviting family members but remember this is your wedding and you get to choose who you share it with. You could always do a separate informal family party to invite them all if you have heaps of family but actually want some friends at your wedding. You must be honest to yourselves and do exactly what you feel comfortable with. Don’t think you are at the mercy of any historic traditions and protocols; you’re not. This is about the two of you and by the way, just because someone contributes to funding your wedding does not give them the right to dictate your guest list. Be calm, compromise but be honest about your feelings and be empowered to take control of your wedding.


Tabby xxx


By modefor, Feb 19 2017 11:15AM

Hargate Hall in Wormhill, Buxton is one of our favourite wedding venues so we were delighted by the fact that our first wedding of 2017 was planned for this fabulous Peak District venue.

Emma and Chris had chosen this exclusive wedding venue and just three months before the big day we met with them over dinner at our gorgeous Rose Cottage to discuss what we could do to make their wedding weekend perfect. Our first stop for Hargate couples is to invite them to dinner so we can chat all things ‘Hargate Weddings,’ plus, as it’s our catering services which are very popular at Hargate, we get to tempt them with some fabulous and relaxed style dining.

With Chris being a wine merchant we knew we had to create a menu that matched his wine tastes so it was great to create a fabulous tasting menu and both Emma and Chris had some great ideas to create a fabulous menu for their guests. It was a great first meet-up, made better by the attendance of the fabulous ‘Myf’ or ‘Myfanwy’ their very cute and well behaved dog!

Services were booked and another couple left us happy not only with their catering choices but the fact we offer so much more. As wedding and event planners and coordinators first and foremost, we are there to help Hargate couples plan and run every aspect of their wedding, guaranteeing they get completely relaxed, fun and professionally run wedding.

Friday 27 January 2017 soon came around and it was time to pack-up and head to Buxton and set-up, helping to dress the marquee with Emma’s vision of green and pinks with paper cranes and a few little pigs and get everything organised for Saturday’s wedding before we had a well-earned meal at our favourite restaurant, The Merchant’s Yard in Tideswell (a must for anyone in the Buxton area!).

Despite being a cold weekend in January everything was set for their wedding and as Saturday arrived our fabulous team was set and ready to go. The gents were dressed in traditional Welsh kilts and Emma looked stunning in a dress made by Chris’ mum and Myf was suitably attired with a green bowtie!

It was another successful weekend wedding that had great, fun people, wine and fabulous food and once again our fabulous Mode for…Events team delivered a professional and approachable service that once again made me super proud of what we do and how we do it.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Pritchard and well done #teammodefor.

Tabby xx


Venue: Hargate Hall Wormhill, Buxton


Menu:

Starter: Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup

Main: Slow roasted Tuscan Ox Cheek with Mashed Potatoes & Heritage Carrots

Dessert: Handmade Panna Cotta with Spiced Apple & Pear Compote


Mode for....Events Services: Catering with full coordination.


Team: Tabby, Simon, Abigayle, Elizabeth, Tais & Rachel (thanks to Sam from Ancilla for supplying Tais & Rachel).


Flowers: Moss & Clover