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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Image via Green Wedding Shoes.

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Hire for £8.00 each.

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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Image via Style Me Pretty.

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Hire for £2.00 each.

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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Image source Love My Dress

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Hire from £1.00 each.

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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Image via Every Last Detail wedding blog.

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Hire for £12.00

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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Image source Ruffled Blog.

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Hire for £7.00 each.

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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Image by Kev Foster.

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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

DIY MACRAME BACKDROP.

Ever wanted to try a DIY that would totally transform your wedding into the realms of really flipping cool? Do not move.
Wether you’re looking for a boho backdrop for the ceremony or something rad to hang behind the cake table this is just spot on. It’s so beautifully bohemian and completely on trend.

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I met the lovely Betina on the styling for Most Curious Wedding fair, we dressed the catwalk in a Palm Springs theme. Mid-centrury furniture, crochet hanging panels, plastic flamingoes and bright rugs…but it was this hanging macrame from Betina I could not stop ogling over.

This is not a quick DIY, so be a little patient as it’s totally worth every minuite knotting. I’m going to hand over to Betina who writes the most gorgeous interiors blog; Frida + Florentina. To make this lots simpler Betina has colour coded the strings in an easy step-by-step guide. Give it a go why don’t you…

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1. Tie four strands together.

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2. Take the outer right strand (green) and pass it to the left side over the other middle two strands. Take the outer left strand (blue) and pass it underneath the green strand, behind the middle strands, and over the green strand on the other side.

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3. Pull the two strands tight. Now you just reverse what you did in the first step.

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4. Repeat steps 1-3 with four more strands to make another knot right next to your first knot. Bring the two rightmost strands of the first knot to make a new group with the leftmost two strands of the second knot.

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5. Repeat your basic knot with the new group by taking the outer right strand (pink) and passing it to the left side over the middle two strands. Take the outer left strand (purple) and pass it underneath the pink strand, behind the middle strands, and over the pink strand on the other side.

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6. Pull the two strands tight. Now reverse the first step.

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7. Divide the middle group of strands by moving the two leftmost strands left and the two rightmost strands right. Repeat the basic knot with both the groups and continue this process until you have done as many rows as you would like.

Well how did you go?…Got yourself hooked on neatly knotting?

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Snap of the catwalk at #AMCWF with the hanging backdrop sat along side hanging ferns and spider plants. Perfection.
Photography by Seahaze Photography.

We’re talking sweetly to Betina about her creating a bespoke hanging macrame piece for our range if DIY isn’t your bag. We urge you to watch this space.
Huge thanks to Betina for this rad tutorial, for more wonderfully colourful interiors and DIY ideas head to her blog – http://www.fridaflorentina.com

Happy Knotting,
The Little Lending Co. x