AUTUMNAL WEDDING INSPIRATION AT GODWICK GREAT BARN.

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So many of you will know my connection with Godwick Barn from past posts. I work there as one of their wedding planners as well as running LL, I’m super lucky to call this beautiful barn my work place. When James the owner of Godwick started planning his own wedding there in October last year I was so thrilled and excited to be a part of the day. Some of our little lends we’re taken to the barn on the set up day and I helped Aimee, the lovely Bride-to-be, with a few details.

This wedding is full of beautiful autumnal barn inspiration, seasonal colours, blooms and food. Wonderfully rustic and relaxed, the barn really hasn’t looked better. From the wooden tables to the trailing foliage and modern calligraphy signage this wedding was always going to steal my heart.
I just adore the colour mixes, the bright red berries with rich forrest green foliages and lots of berry tones against white highlights. These colours coupled with the midnight navy blue bridesmaids dresses and gents in traditional tweed is such a fab way of working with the natural seasonal tones for an Autumn celebration.

So many stunning details, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this….

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Suppliers :

Venue – Godwick Great Barn
Photography – Peach and Jo
Props and signage – The Little Lending Co.
Flowers – Bramble and Berry
Food – Julie Abbs
Tipi – Magical camping
Stationery – Wonderful Wonky Weddings

Are you planning and Autumnal barn wedding? Hows it all coming together…?
Penny at The Little Lending Co. x

HOW TO FIND COOL WEDDING SUPPLIERS.

Being a unique, stylish couple can be the biggest blessing but also the biggest curse. Knowing what you want for your day feels so amazing, but along the way there will always be a little bit of compromise; from finding amazing decor pieces which are never ‘just up the road’ or are completely unaffordable to venue restrictions and family just not getting what you’re trying to achieve.

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Doughnut Lab : Uber cool local Norfolk company with Doughnuts to die for!

Getting your day, your way can feel like climbing a giant mountain. Don’t get disheartened, work out what’s truly important and a must-have for the day and put your efforts into making it a reality. I truly believe having a group of perfect wedding suppliers that have your back makes the whole thing so much easier. But how do you find them?!…

– Smaller, cooler and on-point suppliers can take some finding; don’t stop on page 1 of google, keep scrolling and using different search terms. Depending on your style or what you’re looking for, there’s always more than one way to search : Prop hire, Wedding decor, Event hire, Venue decor…

– Go social and search Instagram # and get really specific with those tag searches. Try searching more local tags to you e.g ‘#NorfolkWedding’, ‘NorwichWedding’ or # your local venues name to see who’s been there. I found our wedding DJ’s on Instagram through a photographers page who had commented on their photo, it really works!

– Facebook stalk, I mean really stalk! Look at pages liked by the pages you have liked already, be sure to get notifications from your favourite suppliers as collaborations they work on with local wedding folk could be right up your street.

– Check out cool wedding fair supplier lists : The Most Curious Fair’s directory is amazing for a pool of local, cool suppliers. Godwick Barn’s wedding fair in the Autumn also boasts some really quirky wedding suppliers too.

– Talk to suppliers you have booked for their recommendations. If you’re clicking with a supplier you’ve booked it’s more than likely you’ll have lots in common and they’ll know a heap of other suppliers you’d love. I’m always happy to help our couples stuck in a search rut.

– Just please don’t rush into booking a supplier out of desperation! Check them out across all their social sites, FB, IG, Pinterest and Twitter to see if you’re on the same page. When you get your suppliers right it will be a total joy and a breeze.

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Dust with Cocoa : Creative local cake company that we’re crushin’ on.

(Both the pictured suppliers are going to be at The Most Curious wedding fair in Norwich on the 20th March next month, we’re so flipping’ excited about this show. Be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram as plans and prep take shape!)

How is your supplier search going?
The Little Lending Co. X

INTRODUCING OUR NEW STYLED STATIONS.

Thinking about all the details of styling a wedding can be a bit overwhelming right? So we launched some ‘styled stations.’ Basically these are little set ups that you hire as a package and make for picture perfect styling at your venue. Adding to our super popular Welcome Drinks station, Outdoor ceremony package, Sweet station and Rustic Decor package we now introduce 4 brand new stations to hire :

THE LITTLE GRAZING STATION
THE BOHO CORNER
TIPPLE TROLLEY
KIDS TIPI

Scoll on down for more info folks!

Some of you might have spotted a gorgeous feature video on our Facebook page last week of two of our new stations. Did you see it, it’s pretty dreamy even if I do say so myself…

THE LITTLE GRAZING STATION.

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Stylish snacking sorted. Looking for a simple late night snacking platform. This is it.

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THE BOHO CORNER.

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A perfect spot to relax with your beau in a beautiful bohemian peacock chair with a persian rug under foot and hanging plants and geometric shapes above. What’s not to love!

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TIPPLE TROLLEY.

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A late night tipple trolley, one for the road anyone?

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THE KIDS TIPI.
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A sweet little space for little kids to run riot in the day and cosy down for a snuggle on the cushions in the evening.

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Huge thanks to Faye Amare photography for the photos and video and Godwick Great Barn for the stunning location.

If you’re interested in checking availability of these stations for your wedding date just drop us a note at thelittlelendingcompany@gmail.com – We’ll be adding them to ‘Our little range’ page on the site very soon with full details of what’s included in each package and pricing.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

DECOR DETAILS AT THE GEORGIAN TOWNHOUSE.

One of the best things about running this little company is when I’m sent the professional photos of how our little props we’re used. Every lender always creates something a little different with our pieces so it’s always such a joy to see our props in their fullest glory. So when one of our lovely Summer brides sent these through I just beamed.

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I absolutely love the simple wild florals on our log slices by Bramble and Berry and little succulents by The Little Leaves. The dark and moody wall colour in The Georgian Townhouse just makes everything pop.

Simple rustic cake with pressed flowers by Buns of Fun is a firm favourite too, something so wonderful about a cake wrapped in greenery. The couple also used our blackboard clipboard for their table plan and numbered water bottles as table numbers. Perfection right?

Thanks so much to our lovely lenders K & A for sharing these with us. If any of our 2015 lenders have any awesome professional images you’d be happy to share we’d love to see them too.

Photography by James Powell. You can see more of this gorgeous wedding on James’ blog here.

The Little Lending Co. X

PROPS SPOTLIGHT : ANTLERS AND SKULLS.

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Yep anyone that knows me knows I love a good antler find. And to anyone that’s been to LLHQ you may have also spotted ’10 Spike Mike’ in the living room (A whopper of a deer skull often adorned with seasonal trimmings, maybe this is a little too far?!) I think the obsession started when I started to looking to Scandinavian inspiration for my home a few years ago, so naturally I started collecting antlers and skulls for the range too.

We thought we’d bring you some props spotlight posts and show just how versatile our props can be. Not looking for a scandi winter wedding? No problem, antlers and skulls sit so well into Summer boho cool or really rustic barn digs. It’s fair to say we’ve used them quite a bit in our own styled collaborations too…

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Images by Jordanna Marston from K&A’s real wedding at the keeper and the dell. Wire grid & Antlers available to hire from the range.

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Image by Darena Stoda of our new Large loose antlers. (Macrame hanging also available to hire.)

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Here’s a few more ideas; from softening up and prettying (that’s totally a word right?) with soft pastel florals paired with luxe rustic furnishings to keeping things more modern and simplified. Or go more aztec in direction to keep things fresh and oh so fab.

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Go totally boho; Antlers and sculls never look better that with plenty of fresh foliage and flowers for W-day decor. Speak to us about how to add them to your theme* We’re so mad for darker palettes right now, a love seeing the persian throws and darker glass vessels. And don’t get me started on that cake with those florals.

*We have a fab floral Reindeer DIY you can try coming to a wedding blog near you very soon too!

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Are you thinking of adding antlers or skulls to your wedding decor? Do tell…

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

COSTAL COLLABORATION BRIDAL SHOOT.

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A while back you might have seen I was a bit over excited about our props being featured on a front cover. OMG moment. It was all thanks to being a part of this super stunning bridal shoot arranged by the gorgeous model Lucy Scarfe.

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We set up a simple little area down on the beach with our blue persian rug, shepherds hooks and jars, cylinders with candles, old lanterns and a few picnic baskets and vintage books. The perfect spot for a sweet proposal picnic or coastal ceremony focal point.

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Lots of fab Norfolk suppliers we’re involved :

Photos – Jessica Elisze
Model – Lucy Scarfe
Props – The Little Lending Co.
Fashion Styling – Abi Gray
Flowers – The little flower shop
Dresses – Love Couture
Hair – Gemma Holiday
Make-up – Melissa Abel

Are you thinking of heading down onto the beach for your I do’s?
The Little Lending Co. X

COULD I RUN A WEDDING HIRE COMPANY FROM HOME?

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I’ve been deliberating over wether to write this post or not. It’s definatley my most honest post yet and will mean me talking about some of the less positive sides to running LL.

So many of my Lenders tell me you’d love to do what I do, so I thought I’d let you in on what’s involved back here at LL HQ** and yes there is blood, sweat and occasionally a few tears. And I’m going to be totally honest when I say it’s really not the money that is motivating me to create my Little Lending Vision and to keep doing, most of the time, what I’ve been doing, unpaid. I’ve even been called up by total strangers the other side of the country asking me if the business is lucrative and should they quit their day job! The answer is no. I still work 2 freelance jobs too, so this is why sometimes there is a little wait on your replies because it’s a big juggling act this side of the computer screen. You’ll need to be prepared to hold down your job for a while yet while you build your enterprise. (this is of course if you’ve not got loads of disposable cash sitting under the bed!)

**Of which these office snaps are of, please note my office rarely looks like this!

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If you’re completely and utterly determined to succeed you will. No guts, no glory. But I don’t want this post to frighten you off, I want to encourage my lenders to set up if it’s all you can think and dream about doing and if you’ll pour love and passion into it as much as you did the big day then you totally need to set up. I never thought getting married would mean becoming a girl boss, yes I have huge bags under my eyes but my gosh, am I having a brilliant time…

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A FEW THINGS I WISH I’D HAVE KNOWN WHEN SETTING UP.

Some of these points may sounds totally obvious, but here are a few things that would have helped me to know before setting up a hire company.

A large, dry, free (or super cheap) storage space. Not in your actual home, it will begin to drive you crazy, trust me! Even though mine spills out from under the sofas, I still have a garage and little show shed to keep most of the hire outside. I’m lucky enough to have a large kitchen to wash and re-pack items after the weekend.

Do you have a large car, or access to a van? I set out driving hire round in a mini, what was I thinking!? My van is now my car which can be a pain when I need need more than 2 seats! You need to be a fairly confident driver too, I’ve still not mastered having no back window when reversing!

90% of your time is uncreative. It’s not all shoots, styling and looking round pretty venues you know… The majority of my time is spent behind the wheel, packing orders, writing emails and invoices late into the night or blogging and updating the site on days off.

There are a few initial costs to get up and running and do register asap that you’re trading; public liability insurance, electrical PAT testing costs, get yourself an accountant too they’re totally worth every penny, domain name and branding materials…The best thing I did at the start was to get myself booked onto a local wedding fair, it gave me the deadline I needed to be ready to share LL with the world. (Keep an eye on our FB page for dates we’ll be at local wedding fairs this Autumn)

Don’t hire out anything too precious or personal, from your own wedding day, that you’d be gutted about loosing! Sadly, your stock will be lost or returned damaged, its just part and parcel.

When you first set up please don’t worry about ‘competition.’ There may be other hire companies doing something similar in your area but strive to create a brand that is all about you and your creativity. Creativity can never be imitated. Introduce yourself, you’ll most likely end up working together and sending couples to one another.

It will become everything you think about. It takes over your life, weekends and summers fly by because you’ll be delivering and collecting and tapping out lots of quotes. If you’re prepared for it to be your everything then go for it all guns blazing. My family are the backbone of this company, they’re behind me washing and ironing, helping with picks ups, hunting in charity shops to replace missing items (this becomes a weekly occurrence!) I couldn’t do it without them, it will literally change yours and their lives. Talk it through.

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Have you been thinking about setting up a wedding hire company? We’d love to hear your plans and see your wares!
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

MINI DECOR TREND : WEDDING DREAMCATCHERS.

You’ll all know by now I like to walk off the beaten track when it comes to wedding decor, bohemian, industrial, rustic…
Well it’s no surprise then that I’m going a little loopy for all the dreamcatchers that keep popping up on my Pinterest. This, ladies and gents is a decor trend that is cool as a crop load of cucumbers.

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From big, bold hanging pieces for ceremony focal points to sweet little dreamcatcher favours for place settings or with escort cards they have stolen my heart. They are the perfect symbolism for weddings with the idea of ‘good dreams’ only that filter through the web. From stationery designs too they are becoming big news through all aspects of wedding design, I’ve even speed a few wedding cakes with them painted on too.

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Wanderlust wedding inspiration - http://ruffledblog.com/wanderlust-wedding-inspiration/ - Let's Frolic Together http://letsfrolictogether.com

Wanderlust wedding inspiration – http://ruffledblog.com/wanderlust-wedding-inspiration/ – Let’s Frolic Together http://letsfrolictogether.com


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They are perfect for a DIY couple, we had a go turning our bike wheel into a simple dreamcatchcer on this post last year. Think outside the box for your starting point and there are no rule that they need to be round…
I love the use of lights with them and using different materials to create them, lace fabric, macrame knot techniques, dip dyed ombre fabric ribbons.

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Are you a dreamer? Is this your dream decor? Show us your DIY creations on Instagram by tagging us into the picture. We love a crafty pair…
The Little Lending Co x

OUR OUTDOOR CEREMONY PACKAGE.

Seems a lot of your are heading outside and embracing natural green spaces and woodlands for your “I do’s” so we thought we’d come up with something beautifully boho to fit right into a relaxed, rustic ceremony setting – Introducing our brand new Outdoor Ceremony Package.

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Our outdoor ceremony package includes : Wooden ceremony arch and instillation, 5 x mixed rugs as aisle runner, 8 x Mixed Lanterns at foot of ceremony arch. Priced at £130.00 (Folding Wooden chairs are optional and subject to availability, priced at £2.40 each.) **Please note that flowers are not included in the package.

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This package can of course be added to : Go more boho with our macrame backdrop hanging or a hand painted bespoke ‘love quote’ blackboard sign at the start of the aisle or why not try shepherds hooks and jars of blooms to line the aisle. (subject to availability folks!)

We’d love to hear from you and help you create your dream ceremony space….

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Image Credits –
Venue : Brightwell Vineyard
Photography : Plenty to Declare
Co-ordination and Concept : Vanilla Rose Wedding and Events
Fresh Flowers : Green and Gorgeous
Paper Flowers : Things By Laura

Are you going outside?
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

METAL : THE MUST-HAVE WEDDING DECOR MATERIAL.

Back at the start of the year we predicted big things for industrial weddings in our 2015 WEDDING TRENDS post – bare brick wall back drops, exposed pipe work, bulb lighting with accents of copper and concrete coming through. And this hot trend is only getting hotter. I’m mad for mixing metals into my styling right now. From wire crates and baskets, metal signs and lights to big metal chained hanging centre pieces – it’s the must-have material going forward. Trust me.

WIRE GRID.
Loving wire frames and grids as an update to wooden boards. Cool for backdrops shown here but also table plans or escort cards. Try pegging on polaroid snaps or for order of the day for guests to pick up. They’re just plain rad.

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METAL TABLE NUMBERS.
Pairing metals with wood is a match made in heaven. Our table numbers recently added to the range just add a little shine to your table tops, keeping things rustic but giving them that new metal vibe.

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THE TIN CAN.
The humble tin can should not be underestimated. Super-size them and you have simple floral containers or keep them small for candle light (there’s totally a DIY in there by punching cool patterns or initials into the sides too.)

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METAL POST BOX.
Looking for an idea for your cards storage? The postbox is a timelessly retro piece that fits in perfectly in old barns and warehouses alike. Add blooms or potted succulents around them and sit along side your guest book.

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METAL FILING DRAWERS.
Becoming super popular on wedding blogs are Metal filing drawers, fill with flowers to soften them up or sweet treats sit in them perfectly. They’d work well for escort cards too or for somewhere for guests to pick up their favours.

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METAL LETTERING.
So big was the light up letters trend that metal signage is going to be sticking around for a while yet. Our rusty bar letters looking so good here as part of a welcome drinks station at The Keeper and the Dell. We used wooden crates with metal accents to create this station for real touches of industrial chic. From the vintage metal shop scales to metal filing drawers and tins we think it’s the perfect update material for 2015 and beyond.

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Hire for £30.00

What do you think about metal as a wedding material? Are you thinking about adding it into your decor…?

The Little Lending Co. X