TOP TEN WEDDING PINNERS TO FOLLOW

Hello there lovelies…

Hope your week is going grand.

Thought it was about time I got together some of my favourite Pinterest accounts to follow when planning a big ole wedding. I mean lets face it, its practically where you’ll spend 50% of your time now – I got so hooked!
It’s such an amazing source of inspiration, we love pinning anything from decor, ceremony set ups, table deets, favours to home decor, fashion and beyond…

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In at Number 1 – It has to be Festival Brides.
The Uk blogs thats so up our street, celebrating weddings with a difference for relaxed and non-traditional brides-to-be this is the place to be.

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Pinned by Festival Brides via Grace Loves Lace.

Number 2 – I’m in love with Nomad Styling
An Australian styling company I adore, they offer so inspiration and new ways of thinking and seeing things. Huge fan right here.

Number 3 – So so cool and clean, minimal and bohemian perfection with LA Bespoke
A brand new bridal dress boutique right here in the UK but stocking some of the most incredible dresses from arround the globe. If I didn’t have my dress yet this would be the only place to go.

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Pinned by LA Bespoke, dress available at their boutique.

Number 4 – Stone Fox Bride. They make good wedding dresses.
This is a company I nearly switched my own wedding dress for one of these at just 3 weeks to the wedding! Fricking cool is all. Plus their Stone Fox couples board will really make you smile.

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Number 5 – Firm favourite Coco Wedding Venues.
The super stylish and sexy UK wedding directory, head this way for so much pretty Pinspiration.

Number 6 – The Lane
The most beautiful, modern, understated and stylish wedding pins. Swoon.

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Number 7 – Green wedding Shoes.
Probably the most inspiring collection of real weddings on the net in my opinion, so their Pins are pretty perfect too!

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Image via Green wedding shoes.

Number 8 – For a good dollop of DIY its Hooray.
Not only wedding inspo but lots of lovely ideas to try for entertaining. When you’re a wifey and looking for creative projects these boards will totally keep you busy…

Number 9 – So into Free People
The Free People woman lives free through fashion, art, music, travel and everything in between. I’m definitely a Free People lady for life.

Number 10 – June Bug Weddings
Another awesome blog to follow too; empowering couples around the world with the tools to create a celebration worthy of their love.

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So if you have some spare time this week, give these Pinners some attention. Guarantee you’ll fill your boards in no time!
And of course, if you want to come Pin with us were right here.

The Little Lending Co. x

PASTEL SPRING TIPI WEDDING AT BAWDON LODGE FARM.

I get asked to deliver outside of Norfolk quite often, but it takes a special email to convince me to cross over the borders. When I heard about Michelle and Kyles wedding in a giant tipi at Bawdon Lodge in Loughborough I knew it would be very special.

Michelle hired lots of our props to dress the tipi. The couple are keen cyclists which totally explains the bike hire which features in their couples photography and our bike wheel dressed up to the nines for their table plan. Check out the mini wire bike cake toppers too, C-ute!

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You’ll also spy our cake log base and cake stands making a really fab sweet treats station for guests along side our welcome drinks station they hired for self service soft-drinks.

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Our large glass vessels were filled with little lights which I adore and our wooden table boxes were used on the long trestle tables full of pretty pastel spring blooms. The one on the back of the bike gave me all the hearts for eyes.

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It’s all pretty gorgeous right and what about the plank of suspended flowers and cascading lights against the tipi wall too? So much wedding goodness! And snow in April, certainly didn’t stop them having a total blast!

A huge thanks to Voyteck Photography for letting us share these gorgeous photos.
Michelle and Kyle we wish you all the happiness in the world.

Are you having a giant tipi wedding? Tell us more…

Lots of love,
The Little Lending Co x

NORFOLK SUMMER GARDEN MARQUEE REAL WEDDING.

It’s the best feeling being featured on a national wedding blog, especially the epic Love My Dress. So when our props popped up on our FB feed earlier this year with one of our Little Lenders from last summer with their beautiful home garden marquee wedding I squealed just a little. Sarah and Josh hired several of our pieces for her wedding, from log slices for that really impressive cheese tower to brass candle sticks used in the table centres, tin baths, drinks dispensers, glass candle cylinders, water bottles and lawn games.

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I love to see what our brides create and this has to be one of my all time favourite marquee looks, beautifully simple, rustic and relaxed. The mix of soft colours through the candles and the shine from the brass and copper accents has me swooning still. For the full wedding head here.

“We used a Norfolk based company called Little Lending Co to hire some bits and pieces for the day, like brass candle holders, lawn games and water bottles for the tables. They were little touches which I think made a big contribution to the day and it was great to be able to use a local company. Penny at the Little Lending Co was terrific and very helpful.”
Thanks so much to Sarah and Josh for your kind words. Wish you both the most wonderful life together. X

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Photography by Ronlima.

Loving this wedding style? Hit us up to get the look!
The Little Lending Co. x

WHY HIRE YOUR WEDDING DECOR?

This post might sound totally, utterly obvious…but bear with me. I think theres more than just a few reasons to hire your wedding decor though, so many of my Little Lenders past would say the same I’m sure.

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– It’s cheaper. (Well, duh)
Ok so generally when you hire props its about a third of the price of buying to hire. Thats generally how we price our range so that we can pass on that saving right away. Popular items like apple crates, ladders, milk churns have all seen a huge rise in pricing over the last 18 months as they’re super sought after. Don’t spend more than you need to to get the pieces you love right now.

– You don’t have tonnes of stuff to sell/shift after the wedding.
Yep, another obvious point right?! I had masses of stuff left after our wedding, we just went on honeymoon and left it all in the kitchen in a heap. Erm, not entirely what you want to return to from a tropical getaway. Let your hire company deal with the after math.

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– Storage.
So you’re getting married in 18 months time, that’s 18 months of having to stash and find a home for wedding stuff. Ours was actually everywhere, behind the sofa, under beds, we’d filled the spare room. It drove me crazy and it can turn your home into a garage!

– Delivery.
Unless you’re really close to your wedding venue getting everything you’ve collected to your venue can be a total mission. I’ve known couples hire vans for the whole weekend, because it’s not just getting it there it’s getting it back too. Yes you generally have to pay more to get items delivered and collected but unless you have someone who can just do loads of car loading through the day or you’re friends with a white van man it could get a bit tricky.

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– Finding what you love can be a big headache.
I am all about the DIY weddings, but finding and sourcing exactly what you’re after for all the tables or for a mega display can take some doing. I’ve been running LL for over 2 years now and relying on the charity shops, boot sales and vintage stores is just not the same as it used to be, popular vintage and rustic items don’t seem to be on the shelves because they’re quickly snapped up. When you need a certain number to complete a ‘look’ it can become a real mission. Don’t forget we can help with sourcing if there is something specific you’re after…

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– Being indecisive is OK.
I know that getting married means making a lot of decisions. I changed my mind ALOT. So hiring your decor means you have some flexibility, I always try to accommodate changes from my lenders because I know there can be lots of mind changing and venue restrictions or weather dependability can pop up later down the line.
We also add decor to our range frequently so as the decor trends change through your wedding planning you might spot more additions on our IG feed or FB page so your wedding can evolve with what you’re into and loving for when you say I do.

Don’t rush into buying anything just yet folks…
The Little Lending Co. X

IN-HOUSE STYLING WITH GODWICK GREAT BARN.

So I am totally buzzing about a new partnership with one of my absolute favourite Norfolk barns, Godwick Great Barn. Many of you may know I already work at Godwick as one of their freelance wedding planners and adore the barn and all its majesty, I’m really rather lucky to call it my work place. I love working with newly engaged couples, helping them along with their wedding planning journey so I can’t wait to take on an additional role as ‘Godwick Barns in-house styling consultant.’

I’m kind of obsessed with decor and with all those little styling details that make weddings so personal to each couple. I’m really excited to be able to offer Godwick couples an initial venue styling consultation when they first book the barn to talk all things wedding style for the best part of an hour. Couples can use it as a chance to find out how to make the most of the space and start thinking about what they want to achieve with their wedding decor.

I love finding out what makes a couple tick, their loves and life together that might inspire how they transform the barn. It can be a little daunting at the start of planning when faced with a big blank space, all be it a very beautiful one, so a little guidance of what works and what’s gone before can really get the creative ideas swirling.

If you’re a new Godwick couple I look forward to meeting you really soon, come loaded with any ideas, Pinspirations and anything you both love.

Video of our new styled stations at Godwick Barn by Faye Amare Photography.
Penny at The Little Lending Co. x

ALTERNATIVE PHOTO BACKDROPS.

If you’re getting hitched this Summer you’ll most definitely be thinking about details and the little design elements that will make your day super special and personalised. If you’re looking for some inspo for a beautiful back drop for your guest photos, which is a little more sophisticated than a box of props in front of a red curtain inside a shoe-box sized booth, then this post may spark a few ideas. I didn’t have a photo booth at my own wedding because I wanted to have pictures of the day that were totally natural, but something can really be said for staging gorgeous group shots that you’ll treasure forever.

DRAPES
Cost effect and oh so simple to add a little interest to a wall or corner at your venue. Mix different textures of fabrics and also foliage in for a little more detail.

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STRUCTURES
Create a structure to add flowers to – From old screens and doors to metal frames and wire grids for something more contemporary.

ORGANIC
Talk to your florist about creating an organic wall feature. Use old ladders or frames to start the piece off. So beautiful as a stand alone feature on your big day. These pieces would work best hung or placed off centre for framing the shots.

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BOHEMIAN
Go for a bohemian corner or space for guests to relax as well as provide a stunning photo opportunities. Use peacock chairs or tipi frames as a starting point to build up the area and lay Persian rugs. Add candles for evening photography to be soft and intimate.

It’s about creating something beautiful and timeless and to look back at your wedding photos in years to come and enjoy them just as much.
The Little Lending Co. X

OH BOY, I’m 30.

It’s here, I’m 30 on Friday. How?!

I’m not exactly ready to be 30; I still don’t have any kind of control over my own hair in humidity or wet weather, I frequently leave the house with my clothes inside out and I’ve never hosted a dinner party because all I would serve would be a ready-made pizza.

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In life I’m really not ‘together’ in any way, and generally I ooze chaos. But then I take a look at my little company and realise I really am running my own business and it’s going OK. I mean, that’s a really big deal, totally grown up and comes with a whole heap of responsibilities and pressures. It’s been blooming brilliant and totally terrifying in equal measure but I have something I’m really proud of that I created. I get to get up every day excited about what I’m doing and building. And I guess you could say that being happy and driven every morning really is something to shout about as I roll into my third decade of life.

Sometimes I look at my girlfriends and they’re all doing so well with a ‘real career’ and wish I had some kind of structure, a pension, security… It’s easy to make comparisons, there’s so much crap out there on the internet about where and what you ‘should have’ achieved by the time you turn 30 but I’m going to just keep reminding myself that success is measured in happiness. When I take on a new wedding to style or hire to lend I’m filled with so much excitement and know that I have done that through putting myself and my work out there. There isn’t anything that compares to the feeling of creating your own livelihood.

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Little Lending Loves image via my-handwriting.com

I’ve learnt more than I ever thought I would about myself doing LL. I’ve had to grow in confidence and be brave when I didn’t feel it and just keep everything cool and calm on the outside. Walking into rooms full of wedding pro’s or a brand new venue to sell what I do still fills me with crazy fear but somehow I always come out and think ‘Girl, you did it.’ Little Lending has helped me develop personally in so many more ways than working for someone else ever could.

The images in this post are just a few things that have inspired me this week, they’re from a new ‘Little Loves’ board on Pinterst. Totally un-wedding related, just things I’m loving right now. The last quote sums it all up really.

So, this Friday, I think I’ll raise a glass to turning 30 and to all that the next chapter will bring. Until then, I’ve a list of books as long as my arm to get through that I ‘should have’ read already.

Oh, keep an eye on my IG too for a few birthday city break snaps. Over and out until next week.
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

THE LITTLE LENDING COMPANY AT THE MOST CURIOUS WEDDING FAIR 2016.

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I’m having the most tropiCOOL week ever! You’ll have seen us plotting and prepping our Most Curious wedding fair stand with the Swaffham and Fakenham florists for a while on our Instagram and boy did we have fun setting it up! Lots of Mexicana vibes with tropical fruit, cactus, peacock chairs, coloured candles and chilled out mini drinks station…

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Our newest wooden arch (that can be set up inside as well as outside) was my total favourite though. Dressed with tropical blooms and flowers by the Swaffham florist sisters and the hanging garlands really brought the tropics to Norwich.

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I styled the catwalk space too, with our persian rugs lining the catwalk and peacock chairs set up on the staging it was boho perfection with lots of palm plants dotted in with green poled dressed by Jo Flowers. So looking forward to seeing the pro photos of all the dancing Bowie Ballerina models…
I also dressed gorgeous wooden trestles either side of the catwalk from Event House. Topped with our antlers and skulls, gold dipped candles and lots of brass and glass it was simple and modern. Again hit our IG for little snaps of the set up.

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I love being a part of Most Curious fair, theres a real sense of community between suppliers. I always leave feeling so inspired and raring to go for the wedding season ahead. Big shout out to all the other local exhibitors who made the day so great. You can find all their details here.

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Congrats are in order too for Dust with Coco for winning the Norfolk Brides Best stand award, we lent our little ladder and plank get up to Debbie, so stoked for her! (Pics above of her lovely little set up)

Also had the best doughnut of my life from Doughnut Lab so I had to mention them! And I’m totally loving all the light up signage at The Vintage wedding sign company – Perfectly compliment all our props 🙂 Another fave stand was the lovely ladies at The Fire Pit Camp, check out their venue for the ultimate in laid back festival spaces and crushin’ hard on Print to the people who screen print all kinds of cool stationery, how about sending your invite on a printed tea towel?!

Thanks y’all for a fab day!

Huge huge thanks to Faye Amare photography for coming down and taking these stunning shots of our stand.
Keep your peepers on our social too for snippets of our Mexicana Day of the Dead vibes photo shoot too!

Thanks for an awesome fair Most Curios!
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

DIY REINDEER FLOWER CROWN.

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Anyone who know’s me knows I love reindeers. Like a lot. My house is home to a huge skull in the lounge called 10 spike Mike, and at Christmas 10 spike Mike gets the full works on decor, lights, foliage, hanging ornaments….But why stop at Christmas. Skulls and antlers are HUGE for wedding decor right now and dressed with seasonal blooms they have to be the perfect Boho wedding detail.
If you fancy making a flower crown for your reindeer, this is what you need…

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YOU WILL NEED:
Aluminum Wire, Thin Florists reel wire (ask your local florist), Scissors, Stag or reindeer skull (We used Roy from the range, yes he has a name!)

FRESH FLOWERS from the Swaffham and Fakenham Florists: (Note, not all of these will be in season now but talk to your florist about alternatives)

Bubblegum Rose, Cartamus, Umbrella Fern, Phlox, Purple Dahlia, Achamilla Mollis, Craspedia, Red Dahlia, Blue Delphinium, Nervine.

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– Start by adding a string loop through the back of the skull for something to hang it from. Then measure the aluminum wire around the Stags head for the size of the crown. Create a hook and loop to attach the crown at back. Attach reel wire to aluminum wire by winding it around and around tightly to ensure secure.

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– Cut all the flowers and foliage about 2 inches from the head. Cut umbrella fern, and pull pieces away to expose the stem. Snip small sprigs of Achamilla Mollis and Blue Delphinium to make the most of the flower throughout the crown.

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– Using umbrella fern as a starting point, hold onto the aluminum wire and wind reel wire around the stem. Fern works well at the ends of a crown because of its natural point. Once you have wound the reel wire around the flowers and foliage trim down the stem and keep winding to ensure secure and continue adding in.

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– Start to mix different colors and textures through with foliage with a continual winding of the thin wire. Group smaller flowers to create a focal point in 2 or 3’s. Use a decent amount of reel wire around the stems to ensure flowers are all secure.

– Push the wire into the stem and the neck until you feel resistance on the large Dahlia. This supports the flower as it is a focal point and ensures it stays in place.

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– Remember to pull the flower crown straight every so often to ensure flowers don’t twist round in different directions. The crown should be thickest at the center and thin out towards the ends.

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– Make a hook at the end of the aluminum wire to secure the crown and create a loop with the other end to hook on. Cut off the steel wire and wind final wire end around the crown tightly.

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Ta-Dah! You’re skull is ready to rock!
If you’d love to dabble at making your own flower crown for the day you need to check out the Swaffham and Fakenham florists flower crown parties!

Huge thanks to DS Photography for the beautiful pictures.
The Little Lending Co. X

HOW TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING DIFFERENT TO EVERYONE ELSE’S.

Making your wedding different doesn’t mean you need to be totally mad and off the wall with your ideas. It’s just thinking about the things that make you two happiest as a couple.

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Image via Nouba wedding blog.

What makes you two tick?
Let your world and your loves in life inspire your day. Don’t go changing what you love in real life just to make an ‘ideal’ wedding.
Take inspiration from what you do together; places you spend your Summers, music you dance to, art exhibitions you’ve loved, films you’ve laughed at, a poem that hangs in your home, a book you quote to each other, a person that inspires you, colours in your home…you get the gist.

Think outside the wedding box.
During the planning process keep a notebook and your camera with you at all times. This might sound obvious but you never know when inspiration will strike. You might hear a song lyric you’d love written up for a backdrop or you might see an incredible street artist with the perfect coloured pants for the grooms men…


Images via She is Magic Tumblr + Green wedding shoes.com

Step away from Pinterest.
Be inspired by who you are not by what others have done. It’s all too easy to get inspired by those pretty pins and want to do it just like they have. I’m a big Pinterest fan, use it but always let yourselves shape the day and the final design.

Bring a bit of yourselves to the reception.
Bring items you love from home to dress your venue, let your current obsessions in interior decor become part of the decor. Take inspiration from your hobbies. Think about using your nicknames if you’re not too worried about formalities. If there’s something you both own that everyone knows you for it should totally make the wedding decor.


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Get family and friends involved.
Friends and family will love being asked to get involved. Ask your family what they have tucked in garages and lofts, it’s bound to be a talking point on the day too. If you love looking back, maybe you have some old nostalgia tucked away that can be pulled out for the big day?

Let planning your wedding be a personal as possible, after all it’s all about the joining of two hearts and two families.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X