Grooms Buttonhole- Boutonniere grooms Wedding flowers created by Fabulous Functions UK

A Summer Wedding

A Stunning Summer Wedding for Sue and Steve at the Crown at Ampney Brook

A summer wedding. Sue and Steve chose the Crown at Ampney Brook because they loved the laid-back, relaxed feel of the venue. Further, the location was ideal for their celebration. It boasted ample inside space to celebrate and enough outdoor space with a beautiful little bridge for those fabulous photos.

I met Sue and her sister Tracey, at The Crown and the three of us hit it off at once. We explored ideas, shared inspirations and discussed colours, fabrics, décor, centrepieces and flowers for the wedding party. In fact we had a glorious time chatting everything weddings – so much so the coffee got cold! And we all went away with homework to do. Me to create the proposal for the venue decor and wedding florals and Sue to make decisions on colours etc.

But, before the wedding could happen the venue closed for extensive renovations. After much thought, Sue and Steve put their plans on hold and decided to wait for it to reopen.

As it turned out, that was the best decision they could have made. For the transformation from the original décor of the hotel to its refurbished look was a breathtakingly beautiful one. Indeed nothing remained of the ‘before’. The flooring was new as were the walls and ceilings, bridal suites and guest rooms. Everything was stone and wood with gorgeous details everywhere.

Ceiling decor for the Crown at Ampney Brook

The Wedding Day

Sue stunned her groom in her full length lace bridal gown. While Steve cut a handsome dash in a blue three-piece-suit with light blue tie. The bridesmaids wore dresses with a subtle baby blue chiffon skirt and silver sequinned bodice.

It so happened that the summer of 2022 was the hottest on record for decades. Not a cloud in sight to spoil these visions of loveliness.

The Fabulous Functions team arrived at The Crown and installed the white draping around the bar so it wasn’t a feature in the ceremony and wouldn’t appear in the photos. We removed it after the ceremony to allow the serving of drinks. Then we placed lanterns in the aisle to the ceremony table and a gorgeous long low arrangement on the registry table.

The Table Decor

Banquet style table setting for a summer wedding. The flowers were created using a palette of blush pinks, blues and creams.

The lovely rustic trestle tables we arranged in a banquet style setting with four rows and guests setting on both sides of the rows. This style of setting works well in this venue and created a convivial setting for a summer wedding.

We used ruched chiffon runners along the length of the tables. And we then set in place small glass vases with arrangements of fabulous fresh flowers in Sue and Steve’s colour palette of blush pinks, blues and creams.

Next we placed clear glass candle holders and elegant tapered candles along the centre of the tables in-between the floral arrangements. We also added loads of clear glass tealights holders and tealights. There were multi levels of details and interest along the length of the tables.

Sue also chose us to create her wedding florals. It was such an honour that she entrusted us with both décor and wedding florals. But it helped us ensure that the flowers used for both the wedding florals and centrepieces complemented each other.

Personal touches

We loved the personal touches created by Sue’s sister Tracey, who made the delicious wedding cake. And Sue had a charm made with photos of both her and Steve’s Mums to add to her bridal bouquet.

Bride and Groom and the cake cutting ceremony.  Flowers for the cake provided by Fabulous Functions UK

The flowers

Bridal Bouquet created by Fabulous Functions UK in tone of blush pinks, blues and creams.

Sue had selected a romantic blend of blush pinks, subtle baby blues and creams. So a beautiful bouquet filled with hydrangeas, roses, nigellas, lisianthus, thistles and a whole host of other beauties was the order of the day.

Blues were the order of the day for a summer wedding on the Cotswolds.
Blue suits under a blue sky for a 2022 summer wedding.
Wedding flowers for a hot summer wedding at The Crown Ampney Brook in Cirencester. Florals Created by Fabulous Functions UK
Baby blue bridesmaids dresses for a summer wedding

While we’re talking about bridal bouquets why not check out our blog about the bridal bouquet?

The table arrangements also featured these flowers and were all so very different in their design and composition. The mix added to the details for each table. The aim of course being to create a beautiful sight to delight the eyes add lift the heart.

Small glass vases filled with fresh florals for this summer wedding in Cirencester. EAch vase held a different design adding to the final beauty of the banquet style setting

Sue and Steve placed in us great faith to create for them a magical place for a summer wedding. One where they’d make their commitment to each other and celebrate with their nearest and dearest.

Thank you so much Sue and Steve for entrusting a summer wedding vision to us. We wish you a long life together filled with much happiness and sunshine.

Bride and Groom Sue and Steve on their wedding day with Sandra from Fabulous Functions UK

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Bold Colours in Wedding Décor - autumn themed wedding table decor

Bold Colours in Wedding Décor

Bold colours in wedding décor
I reckon it’s fair to say the colours we’ve tended to use in wedding décor have, of tradition been muted, subtle and classic. So we’re talking about soft pastels, blue and white, or neutral colour palettes. And super beautiful all those tones are.

But what if they’re not you? If you’ve never worn a pastel shade in your life and the idea of them leaves you cold, then consider if bold colours in wedding décor are the way to go. In particular if you want to imbue your wedding with the wow factor! As David Austin says: ‘While we love soft subtle shades and they’ll always have their place in timeless wedding design, bright colours feel fresh, modern and fun. So don’t be afraid to experiment with colour as it can add lots of personality to your wedding day.’

Covid created a change

It does seem that the progression out of Covid-19 has wrought a change in weddings. As this Australian site argues: ‘There’s a move towards doing things your way, going bold in your wedding styling, and really pushing the envelope. Bucking the trends like this is a fine line to balance between incorporating the traditions that your family may want you to keep, and injecting your own personality and desires into your most special day.’

Let the seasons inspire you

Take inspiration from the season in which you’re getting married. For instance, if your wedding is set for late September through October then autumn is a burnt orange and bronze gift. Or, if you really want to be different, you could go all Hallowe’en. Either full on or with a few spooky accessories like the goblets in this picture below. But of course, if your wedding is in the spring but you love autumn colours then there’s nothing to stop you having an autumn-themed wedding as demonstrated in this blog post.

Bold Colours in Wedding Décor - autumn themed wedding table decor
Top table decor in autumn colours complements to perfection the venue stylingautumn shades are brilliant for putting bold colours in wedding décor

Not only seasons of the year

Meanwhile, weddings in the Christmas and Valentine seasons also offer bold colour inspiration and a fab chance to use bright blooms in your bouquet and around the venue. Roses come in all shades of red and pink from a pale bush to a deep wine shade. Add in a little bit of green to set off the reds.

Do think about your venue

It’s helpful, when thinking about your colour scheme, to take your venue into account. What do we mean? Well – if you’re set on a particular colour scheme then it’s likely that a venue with a neutral backdrop will work best. So, we’re talking barn conversions and similar. BUT – if you can be flexible about your colour choices then seek a venue that already has the colours you want, built into its décor in such elements as soft furnishings, walls, carpets, furniture. Even artworks. That will all contribute to a cohesive look.

The 60-30-10 rule

The 60-30-10 rule is well-known to interior designers. It’s a decorating concept that interior decorators use to pull together a cohesive colour scheme. But of course, there’s nothing to say you can’t apply it to your wedding décor. If you use this decorating rule then your main wedding colour will comprise the 60% and will hold the whole thing together. That could be the bridesmaid’s dresses, the wedding stationery and the focal flower in your bouquet.

Then the 30% of the rule is your secondary colour. For this, think about the mens’ ties, napkins and your bouquet’s supporting flowers, along with centrepieces and any floral installations. And then to tie it all together is the 10% accent colour.

It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway, we’re here to help you to follow this rule if you want to – or to break it if you want to. Anything goes!

In summary

Using bold wedding colours is a beautiful and interesting way to stand out and to take your guests’ breath away. As mentioned earlier, red, the colour of love, romance, and fire, are amazing choices for weddings.

Bold colours sets the tone and mood for your decor. And can determine the accessories you add to complement them.
A beautiful floral arrangements featuring passionate reds and complementary tones created by Augusta Hope Flowers

But don’t hold back – pair your main colour choice with other bold colours rather than muted warm tones. That way you can develop a fresh and exciting colour palette.

Vibrant oranges adds to the bold colour scheme for this beautiful wedding decor.

Other inspiration

Do check out our blog for more wedding theme inspiration beyond bold colours in wedding decor. You’ll find that here.

And of course we’re on social media. There you can see what we’ve been upto and get a further feel for what we do and how we work. Find us on Instagram here and Facebook here. And if you prefer a good old fashioned phone call, you’ll find all our contact details here.

Rose gold wedding theme. The draped backdrop was moved from the ceremony area to become the backdrop for the top table. Styling created by Fabulous Functions UK

A Rose Gold Wedding Theme

A rose gold wedding theme for Sam and Lucy

Meeting Lucy and Sam at the Kings Head Hotel was so much like meeting old friends – because we’d communicated so much in the previous weeks. I had a good grasp of the vision they wanted to create and had with me many samples of the colour tones in the fabric they’d chosen with which to create a gorgeous rose gold wedding theme. 

I also had with me many samples of agate slices for them to choose from. They loved the ideas of what the French call “joindre l’utile à l’agréable”  – a lovely phrase that translates to “to combine the practical with pleasure.”

In this instance the agate slices would serve as both guest place names and guest favours. Sam and Lucy chose the natural colour agate slice as they were the perfect complement for the rose gold tones of the vertical drops they’d chosen for the chair decor.

a rose gold wedding theme - Agate slice in natural tones serve as guest place names. The perfect wedding favour and memento for your guests. Available from Fabulous Functions UK

Fast forward many months and the much-planned and much-anticipated wedding day arrived. They and we were super excited to see all the planning and preparations come to fruition in the rose gold wedding theme that Sam and Lucy had wanted to create.

Rose gold themed wedding decor

The decor was classically elegant in its simplicity and the rose gold theme suited the venue beautifully.

Rose gold chiffon vertical drops serve to decorate the chiavari chairs in the Assembly Rooms of the Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester. The backdrop was created with a white voile draped panel and green foliage for the top border decoration. Styling by Fabulous Functions UK
Rose gold chiffon vertical drops serve to decorate the chiavari chairs in the Assembly Rooms of the King’s Head boutique hotel in the heart of Cirencester We created the backdrop with a white voile draped panel and green foliage for the top border decoration.

We always encourage our clients to get the most out of their accessories so we suggested that Lucy and Sam bring the ceremony backdrop into play again as their top table backdrop – having first used it as a backdrop to their ceremony. You can use our flower walls in a similar way.
Rose gold wedding theme. The draped backdrop was moved from the ceremony area to become the backdrop for the top table. Styling created by Fabulous Functions UK
The draped backdrop was moved from the ceremony area to become the backdrop for the top table.
Decorate your wedding chairs with lengths of chiffon and secure them with sating ribbons- Fabulous Functions UK
Decorate your wedding chairs with lengths of chiffon and secure them with satin ribbons.

The personal touches were apparent everywhere in the decor and especially in the personalised post box for the guests to leave their card and gifts. And the table plan continued the rose gold theme of the wedding decor.

NB: We have a selection of wedding post boxes for hire and you can find them all, including the one you see here, in the treasure trove section of this website.

rose gold wedding theme - personalised rustic post box
Fabulous Functions UK created the table plan A reclaimed wooden board was the base for the table plan. Rose gold ribbons were used to attach the guest tables. The white and green floral decor continued the floral theme from the wedding breakfast decoration.

“We had an absolutely perfect day!! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and efforts, we couldn’t be happier with how everything looked!”

Lucy and Sam
Couple sat in front of backdrop at their wedding

For more inspiration

If you want to get an idea of how we work and what we do checkout our Instagram and Facebook feeds for inspirational images and ideas. We update them both on a regular basis.

And also the section on our blog that has a range of venue styling themes to inspire you. And of course, we’re always happy to chat and bounce ideas around. If you’ve looked through our website and not seen what you’re looking for please don’t go away without talking to us first. If we don’t have it there’s a jolly good chance we can either source it for you or make it for you.

We have a web form here: but if you prefer to pick up the phone or drop an email here’s how you can:

Mobile: 07511 842 451

Email: hello@fabulousfunctionsuk

Memories of a beautiful rose gold themed wedding day- Fabulous Functions UK

Photos on this page by kind courtesy of the fabulous Twirlygirlphotography

Bold Colours in Wedding Décor -Top table decor in autumn colours perfectly complements the venue styling. Look at the fabulous goblet provided by the bride and groom. SimTop table decor complements the autumn themed venue decor

An Autumn Themed Wedding

David and Steph’s Autumn themed wedding – in spring!

We had the honour and pleasure of working with David and Steph, who let us loose to create magic on their wedding day. I loved that they felt confident in wanting to follow their passions and creating a decor that was true and authentic to them.  Hence, I worked with both of them to create their gorgeous autumn themed wedding, in Spring! How fabulous is that?!

Below are some vibrant photographs of David and Steph’s autumn themed wedding.

Shimmering organza sashes in golds and rusts to decorate the ceremony venue - An Autumn Themed Wedding
Top table decor in autumn colours perfectly complements the venue styling. Look at the fabulous goblet provided by the bride and groom. Top table decor complements the autumn themed weddingvenue decor
Top table decor in autumn colours perfectly complements the venue styling. Look at the glorious goblet provided by the bride and groom. Simply fabulous!
close up of orange and bronze sashes
 Happy guests at an autumn themed wedding
This photo is just so full of love for David and Steph.

Here’s a video overview of the venue transformation involved in this couple’s wedding day:

An Autumn Themed Wedding

You can see more accessories in our Treasure Trove page. Pop on over and have a look. You are sure to find items you’ll love for your venue decor.

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Creating a fabulous setting for an intimate wedding setting. Cross back chairs and a gorgeous floral arch makes the setting perfect for an intimate outdoor ceremony - Fabulous Functions UK created this gorgeous setting.

An Intimate Wedding Setting

June 2020: An Intimate Wedding Setting

In my capacity as a Wiltshire-based venue stylist and as the mother of a groom with Covid-crashed wedding plans, I’ve got both second and first-hand experience of what so many couples are going through right now. 

As it happens, myself and two people with whom I work closely, at Wrag Barn golf club Nr Highworth, are supporting offspring whose wedding plans, Covid-19 sent into a tailspin. We’ve had to pull them back from crash-landing, keep them on track with their planning and help them hold-fast onto the joy and the thrill of the journey to making their vows.

With that experience in mind we set about creating and showcasing a stunning intimate wedding setting for an outdoor ceremony. The sort of ceremony and number of guests that an easing of the lockdown rules might allow for. This BBC article reports on potential changes to the current wedding rules coming quite soon.

Look at the setting we created in the image below and picture yourselves there with your very nearest and dearest, supporting you both and cherishing you both as you declare your love for and commitment to, each other. 

An Intimate Wedding Setting at Wrag Barn golf and country club nr Highworth, Swindon
An Intimate Wedding Setting at Wrag Barn golf and country club nr Highworth, Swindon

In this particular setting, you make your way around the trees to find this romantic scene before you. Those closest to you are waiting – as is your groom and the wedding officiant. . Seated on the cross-backed chairs, their first glimpse of you sends their hearts soaring skywards.

This bloom-bedecked archway is as much in perfect harmony with Wrag Barn’s meadow as you and your fiancé are each with the other. And you and the sunshine are as radiant as each other as you begin your walk along the cream aisle carpet towards your smiling husband-to-be.

An Intimate Wedding Setting - floral and greenery archways at either end of a cream aisle carpet in a meadow setting at Wrag Barn golf club Nr Highworth, Swindon

The Wedding Breakfast

Now you’ve said ‘I do’ and the air rings with cheers and good wishes as you begin being Mr & Mrs. And what’s the first thing you do as husband and wife? Why, you preside over your wedding breakfast of course.

Rustic wedding breakfast setting for an intimate wedding scene  - bare wooden table dressed with a chiffon runner and white flowers and greenery. With an overhead arch of foliage.

This simple yet stunning scene is in keeping with the setting and style of your ceremony location. We dressed the rustic table with a simple, cream chiffon runner and plain white crockery, with blooms and greenery in plain, clear, glass vessels to echo the blooms in the outdoor arch.

To add to the natural theme , we made an overhead canopy of lush green foliage with clear baubles hanging down. Tea-lights placed in the baubles add to the atmosphere and the magic.

The green canopy is a fabulous way to create an intimate wedding setting for your first meal together as a married couple.

Overhead canopy of green foliage with clear baubles into which you can out Tea-lights.

A Versatile setting

You can adapt both the outdoor ceremony setting and the wedding breakfast setting to accommodate the size of your ceremony and guest list. 

Equally you can transfer the outdoor ceremony setting inside your venue, should the capriciousness of the British weather throw a cloud or two over proceedings. This is the UK after all. 

We hope we’ve shown you the possibilities of creating something wonderful, even within the restrictions of our current lockdown situation.

There are so many ways for creating an intimate wedding setting. If you’d like us to create something similar for you – or you have something else in mind – please get in touch and we’ll chat. It costs nothing and is non-obligational.

Visit our treasure trove to find some fabulous accessories to dress your venue. If by chance you don’t see what you are looking for, we will source it or create it for you.

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An intimate setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony- encouraging couples to still feel the   excitement and joy of planning their wedding. Setting created by Faulous Functions UK
Be inspired by an Ombre Themed Wedding Decor

Ombre Themed Wedding Decor Inspiration

An idea for an ombre themed wedding decor was the driver for this incredible collaboration between like minded wedding suppliers

There really is no better way for wedding suppliers to show off their wares. Wedding fairs are an excellent way of giving prospective brides and grooms a sense of what you can offer them. Be it cakes, photography, video or venue dressing. Yet, as we’ve learned from experience, nothing is more effective or more heart-warming than a clutch of complementary wedding suppliers collaborating to recreate a wedding scenario that demonstrates what we can do.

In this post about Fabulous Functions UK in the media, we described our collaboration on a vintage themed photoshoot at Heythrop Park Resort on the edge of the Cotswolds. This time around the photoshoot action took place at The Bear Hotel in Hungerford, Berkshire. 

How it Happened

Earlier this year, Fabulous Functions UK collaborated with a group of wonderful suppliers to stage an open day at Hungerford’s Bear Hotel. Lots of couples came along and enjoyed meeting the suppliers there and booked us for their weddings.

So successful had the day been that the suppliers suggested to the hotel’s event’s manager, that we might use the hotel for a photoshoot. Vee and her term embraced the idea. They offered us the Riverside Suite for the purpose, and were excited about the transformation their gorgeous venue would undergo.

The Fabulous Functions UK team wanted to capture the joy of two people in love and who aren’t afraid to show it.

Our aim was to inspire couples to be more daring in their luxury wedding planning choices, by creating a luxurious and opulent décor that can be adapted to suit most venues. 

A Cascade of Colour

With rich, passionate burgundies and reds, through to coppers and golds to tones of blush pink and cream we created a vibrant colour range from the vibrant and bold to soft and delicate. All of it beautifully captured on camera by Barefoot Photography.

The First Step

The first thing we did was to get together with Louise of Wendy House Flowers. Together we devised a décor to stimulate the senses from the outset. We wanted the senses to dance a jig as they encountered the florals and the banquet style arrangement of guest tables. Louise, based in Lyneham, is a fantastic florist who encourages her clients to be brave in their choices.

For this photoshoot she created a gloriously wild bridal bouquet, full of colours and textures featuring grasses, clematis, wildflowers, roses and more.

The Decor

We decided on an ombre colour scheme, with shades ranging from rich burgundies full of passion, through to coppers and golds, all coming to rest on the sweetheart table with a cascading floral garland in tones of blush pink and cream.
Louise and I used a fabulous marriage of fresh and silk florals to create the centrepieces

Sweetheart table with cascading floral garland - ombre themed wedding decor
Sweetheart table with cascading floral garland in this ombre themed wedding decor inspiration

A flower cloud is such a statement piece! Bringing not a drop of rain but lashing of joy. Creating a golden halo above our couple. The cloud was created with a selection of mellow golden branches and romantic cream roses, pampas grass, ferns, gypsophila, roses, hydrangeas and much much more.

An Ombre Themed Wedding Decor Table Setting

A picture paints a thousand words. The images from our photoshoot at the Bear Hotel in Hungerford did just that. It shows an opulent venue setting created with gold-accented glassware and cutlery from Simon of Event Hire UK.
Even the agate slice details on the little golden glass boxes mirrored the ombre theme of the decor.

An Ombre-themed Wedding with gold edged glass charger platesPhotoshoot - table place setting
cupcakes nibbles for the guests displayed in a glass box with agate slice decor on the lid
Place setting of gold beaded edged glass charger plate with acrylic guest name plates - guest names written in gold coloured font and displayed on a  white folded  napkin.
Ombre themed tablescape featuring a colour range of  burgundy,  copper and gold through to pink and the palest blush pinks at the Bear Hotel in Hungerford
Acrylic guest seating plan featuring white font on a gold painted background.

The Pièce de Résistance

I always advise my brides not to hide their wedding cake, and by extension, the cake cutting ceremony, in a dark corner. Rather make a feature of it. And how better to make a statement to remember than with a Fabulous Functions UK flower wall?

Our fabulous peach and cream-toned flower wall made a wonderful backdrop for this glorious seven-tier crystal cake tower from
Fay’s Fairy Cakes.

Flower wall with crystal seven tier cake tower in front of it. Photoshoot at the Bear Hotel in Hungerford
You can use colour for your wedding  decor in some interesting ways. Here we suggest ways to use colours to created the WOW factor for your venue decor. See our ideas for an ombre themed venue decor

To see more images from the gorgeous photo shoot of this awesome ombre themed wedding decor visit the Mrs P and P blog here.

And to find out how Fabulous Functions UK can make
your wedding venue decor dreams come true, fill out our online form here and we’ll get right back to you. Or, if you prefer, call us on 00 44 7511 842 451.

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A Travel Themed Venue Decor

a travel themed venue decor - Vintage globe- accessory Hire - fabulous functions uk
A Travel Themed Venue Decor – vintage globe

In this blog we show you how to create a travel themed venue decor in your wedding or party venue. This is a fun theme to create if you’re a globe-trotting loving couple. What’s more, it’s one that can be done equally well if you’re on a budget or if you’ve got cash to splash.

Create a travel themed venue dressing on a budget

As with creating any venue décor, hiring decorative elements can save you a whole heap of money. Here at Fabulous Functions UK we’ve got some great stuff for you to hire.

We offer you a cost-effective way to travel the world at your wedding in our accessory hire shop and treasure trove online cave: 

  • Vintage suitcases: stacked in a corner these battered suitcases will evoke a sense of journeys undertaken. And serve as an allegory for the one you’re about to undertake as man and wife. You can put them to good use as a repository for your cards and small gifts or simply have them as decoration.
  • Vintage style globe: or any globe for that matter. Ours spins on its wooden base so you and your guests can travel the world without leaving the venue.
  • Message in a bottle:  this personalized message in a bottle adds to the travel theme. Ask us for hire details on this item.

Things you can beg, borrow and cadge to add to your travel theme

Scour charity shops and car boot sales, ask friends and neighbours if they have any of the following:

  1. Vintage cameras.
  2. Guide books and phrase books
  3. Maps and atlases
  4. Travel posters and bunting
  5. Travel writing books
  6. Vanity cases
  7. Sunglasses
  8. Old passports
  9. Old tickets and boarding passes
  10. Bunting and flags of the world
  11. Compasses, telescopes and binoculars

Any or all of the above will be easy to find or borrow from your family and friends.
This Pinterest page has loads of suitcase cake suggestions. Or take flight with a cake in aeroplane form.

How to create a travel themed venue decor with more cash to splash

  1. Have the bridesmaids carry vanity cases instead of bouquets. So much the better if you can get hold of vintage ones. But any vanity cases will be fine. They don’t need to match. Go for a mis-matched eclectic look.
  2. Instead of confetti make paper punches from maps. These would be great sprinkled on the tables at the reception too.
  3. If you’re the crafty sort you can make a bouquet out of maps.
  4. If your wedding is a destination wedding make a signpost of the places where guests have travelled from.
  5. Use airmail stickers and Par Avion stationery for your invitations.
  6. Use luggage tags/labels as place settings.

Here again Pinterest is a rich source of travel theme ideas.

If you’ve got some ideas for a travel themed venue decor for your wedding or party and you want some help putting them into practice then speak to us! We love bouncing ideas around and seeing what we can do to make a plan come together.

Fabulous Functions UK has done its fair share of travelling and living abroad so we’re more than up to the job of being your travel courier. Why not get in touch with us to find out more?

Drop us a line on or call us on 07511 842 451.

If you’re feeling sociable, you’ll find us on the usual social media channels: FacebookTwitter and Instagram. There, you’ll see plenty of images of our work. Ditto Pinterest too.

Do drop by and say hello. Or Hola, bonjour or even buongiorno.

Travel around the world with your travel themed venue decor- The team at Fabulous Functions UK can help you to create a fabulous themed decoration to transport you and your guests to marvellous locations.
Creating a Winter Wonderland Wedding - Scenes from a Winter Wonderland Wedding-Fabulous Functions UK

Creating a Winter Wonderland Wedding

This is the story of turning a field into a winter wonderland wedding venue

A lot goes in to making a function fabulous. It’s a story in and of itself, of co-operation and collaboration with other suppliers.

There are those directly involved in the event concerned. The photographer, the cake supplier, the wedding planner (if it’s a wedding) and more.

And then there are the suppliers that the Fabulous Functions team works with to help us fulfil our role in creating the event concerned. Because magic doesn’t happen all by itself. Here’s a magical tale of some of what went in to creating a winter wonderland wedding.


The Team at Fabulous Functions UK received a call from Tom Falding of Fandangos events and entertainment. Tom had been asked to put on a marquee wedding and called on us to create the decor. We met the bride and groom to be and the brief was “We have this field and want a Winter Wonderland Wedding.”

We put our heads together and came up with a plan which the couple loved so we got to work with the preparations as the timeline was tight. We had just a 6 Weeks lead time to Wedding Day.

And then there are the suppliers that the Fabulous Functions team works with to help us fulfil our role in creating the decor for this winter wedding. Because magic doesn’t happen all by itself. Here’s a magical tale of some of what went in to creating a winter wonderland wedding.

Three snapshots

This blog then comprises three snapshots of our role in meeting this brief from the soon-to-be bride and groom: ‘We have a field and we would like to get married in a Winter Wonderland.’ They tell a tale of some of the magic woven in creating this winter wonderland wedding, forming part of a wonderful whole.

Snapshot 1: Sew far so good

Creating a fabulous function takes as much time as the clients give you and collaboration from all the business you encounter as you go. We had roughly six weeks to dress an enchanting, winter wonderland wedding. We succeeded with the help of amazing business who simply said: ‘Yes’, when presented with one of my far-fetched ideas. The cooperation, kindness and patience encountered stirred the Fabulous Function’s heart.

Disaster strikes

In planning any big event, whether wedding, party, house move etc there’s bound to be hitches and hiccups. As a general rule of thumb, the proportion of aaarghsuch problems incur has a direct link to the time frame one is working in. Now six weeks is no time at all to plan a wedding, even if everything goes to plan. Imagine my horror then, when my sewing machine decided to go on strike. After weeks of hard work, out of the blue not a stitch more would it sew!  Time was of the essence, so a hasty Google search followed to find my nearest service point. Joy of joys, it turned out to be my old friend Sewcraft in Swindon

The times I’ve rung Roger and his team at Sewcraft, with a ‘Do you have …?’ His reply, if not ‘Yes, I have’, is always ‘No, but I’ll get it for you’. To which I say: ‘Great. Please don’t close till I get there, I’m on my way!’

For whom the bell tolls

Returning to the striking sewing machine – off I scooted, machine in tow, to see Roger. He took one look and in a grave voice uttered what I did NOT want to hear: ‘Sorry, I can’t fix it. It needs to return to the manufacturer.’ A how-do-you-do for sure! There I was with 180 fabric lengths to sew and no machine. Taking one look at my stricken face, Roger handed me a machine: ‘No problem. Take this one.’ With a soaring heart I took Sewcraft’s machine home to finish the chair décor for the winter wonderland wedding. Roger saved the day and I can’t thank them enough.

A beautiful winter themed table decor for this winter wonderland wedding themed decor.  Decor styling created by Fabulous Functions UK
Gorgeous chiffon drapes adorn the chairs

Snapshot 2: Let it snow!

You cannot have a winter wonderland themed wedding without snow. Not the real stuff – that would be messy. As would a snow machine. Not to mention the cost. So what does a smart event designer do in such a situation? She calls Jo Rigden of SED Develoments of course! Jo, a fellow independent business owner, is a whizz with all things 3D printed. I explain what I want and Jo grunts and nods. She then does her thing with her CAD and her 3D printers.

‘Snowflakes’ I say to Jo. ‘No problem’ says she. The next day I find on my mat an envelope. It contains different sized, gorgeous, delicate, lacey snowflakes. Perfect! Exactly what a winter wonderland wedding needs! An authentic, romantic touch minus the slush.

But we didn’t stop with snowflakes. Jo also designed and printed table numbers for me. We had great fun getting them right. No 2 looked rather like a fat and ill-proportioned lady but I thought she had character!  Bucket loads of thanks to Jo for her patience and creativity in bringing my ideas to 3D life.

Snapshot 3 – Seeing the wood for the trees

What elements make a winter wonderland setting? Lots of white, lots of lights, something snow-related and lots of trees.

To tackle the trees issue I met up with Rob of  Ridgeway Tree Surgery & Countryside Management. I explained my ideas to him and he suggested I visit his yard to see what he had. And oh boy, did he have some beauties?! He had exactly what I needed to create the vision of wooded enchantment that I had in my head. Because the branches were too big for my car, Rob offered to deliver them to me.

Birch branches for a winter wonderland forest created by Fabulous Functions UK

Rob was kindness itself and went out of his way to help.

A joint effort

The winter wonderland wedding scene that the Fabulous Functions team together created was as captivating as we’d planned and worked for. It captivated the bride and groom and wowed their guests. 

Elmar, of  Elmar Rubio Photography did a sterling job of capturing all the elements comprising this super, splendid, sparkly setting. 

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Transform your venue with decor accessories

Decor Accessories Transform Your Venue

Use venue decor accessories to reflect your personalities and tastes

Venue decor accessories that  reflect the personalities of both you and your partner and act as a bridge for your theme and colour scheme can created a show stopping venue decor.

There are multiple options available to you in order to make this happen, such as purchasing certain pieces to decorate the venue so it has a particular style. This option can obviously end up being quite expensive, especially considering that you may not want or need the items after your big day.

Accessory hire 

Wedding decorations hire companies can help you find wedding accessories that’s really unique to you.
Did you know you can even hire a fabulous fake wedding cake to create that WOW factor for the decoration and photographs. Amazing …

Here are some ideas of beautiful items that you can hire from us and use them to transform your venue with decor accessories.

1. Ornamental step ladders can hold almost anything
If your venue or wedding has a shabby chic feel to it, a rustic style step ladder can be put to a multitude of uses. You can use it to display your seating plan, place photos of the happy couple on it, or even use it to hold wedding favours. We have a wooden stepladder available for hire that represents great value for money.

If in doubt, arrange flowers and lights on the steps in the colours of your wedding and you have a cheap yet versatile decoration. Using a wedding decorations hire company also means that you won’t have to haul the entire thing home, which is a bonus.


2. Photo frames can hold all sorts of things
You wouldn’t normally think to rent photo frames, but they can be used in all sorts of ways. Use them on each table to mark your table numbers.  Place artwork close to your heart in them to display,  put photos of happy memories of you and your loved one in them. The only limit is your imagination.

3. Lanterns lights and votives illuminate the way

If you’re holding the ceremony at night or in a darkened room, lanterns can be a beautiful lighting solution. Light the way to the aisle with lanterns, using flameless candles inside them, to create a warm glow.

Pair them with fairy lights, and you’ll have a venue out of a fairy tale. Alternatively, you can fill them with all manner of things to create centre pieces. Gems, baubles, beads, whatever you can think of! create a arm ambience with tea-lights

4. Vintage suitcases add flair
If you love vintage fashion and design, you may be looking for vintage touches for your venue decor accessories, but perhaps are finding the prices a little too high for your budget. Wedding decorations hire companies can offer you that flair for a fraction of the price.
Vintage suitcases can be used to display photos or seating plans, hold wedding cards and gifts, or simply just to add to the existing decor.

Gold toned free standing easel-FabulousFunctionsUK-Accessory hire

5. A free standing easel displays information beautifully
On the day, your guests will need to know certain information. Attaching signs to doors does the job, but isn’t attractive. A free standing easel is an attractive and functional way to display signs or seating plan.

If you’ve been inspired, get in touch. You can hire all of the above items, and more. We are always adding to our range so if you cannot find what you are looking for, get in touch and we will be happy to source it for you.

Add a statement item of accessory to your venue decor with a fabulous silk flower wall. It creates a statement focal point and has many  uses in your venue.

Visit our accessory hire and treasure trove sections to see just how much we have on offer.

Wedding decorations hire companies can help you find wedding accessories that's really unique to you. Did you know you can even hire a fabulous fake wedding cake to create that Wow factor for the decoration and photographs. Amazing…

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