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By modefor, Jun 12 2019 08:58AM

We’ve all heard the term ‘Bridezilla.’


I’m so thankful that I’ve always had the best clients and never had any ‘Bridezillas.’


But I want to introduce you to another player in the wedding planning and wedding day scenario.

The ‘Mumzilla.’


One of the greatest causes of stress for couples when planning a wedding is a ‘Mumzilla,’ as this is a creature no-one will or can say ‘No’ too!


But I do say a massive ‘NO’ to the Mumzilla.


When it comes to planning a wedding, there is a role for everyone to play, even if that’s just a supporting role, but the most important thing to remember is this wedding only belongs to two people; the couple getting married.


Unfortunately, whilst sometimes it does come from a place of love and wanting to help, some Mums overstep the mark; running the show, making the decisions, controlling the guest list, deciding on the décor, choosing the canapés and even picking the dress. None of these responsibilities fall on a ‘mum’ unless it has been specifically requested or for a particular reason that the couple can’t do it themselves.


Now, I’ve actually met a few Mumzillas and I am not scared of them and have put them back in their cages, but often I see Mums swooping in and controlling the whole shebang when the couple would love nothing more than a ‘do’ in the back garden with all their mates and beer pong, but what they got was a full stately manor with white doves.


The bottom line is, if you’re a Mum, rein it in. Check in with yourself that you're not being a little OTT. This is NOT your wedding. Be supportive, be exactly what your offspring need you to be, but don’t take over the show and you certainly don’t get to dictate what and how things are done or who comes to celebrate, even if you are footing the bill. Of course, you get to make requests and have ideas and be a part of the process if that’s right, but even if you’re financially responsible, this payment does not give you the authority to hijack the whole day.


Let the couple have their day.


Help your daughter be the calm bride or son be the calm groom. Help, love and support, please do not add to the stress, strain and already present pressure that comes with planning a wedding.


Got a Mumzilla issue? Drop me a message and I’ll help you reduce the stress levels.


Much Love

Tabby xxx


#thecalmbride #theweddingfixer #createmyhappy

By modefor, Sep 21 2018 10:11AM


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Much Love, Laura xxx


Venue: Hargate Hall

Flowers: Mode for...Events

Styling: Mode for.. Events

Food: Mode for...Events

Co-ordination: Mode for...Events


By modefor, Sep 10 2018 06:18AM


On Saturday the 25th of August we celebrated the wedding of our wonderful couple, Ruth and Chris.


The industrial setting of The Arches, once again saw an incredible transformation with creative styling, stunning floral displays and of course lots of individual and personal touches carefully selected by our lovely bride and groom.


The styling on the day focussed on striking rose gold metallics complimented by the delicate hues of dusky pink and violet blooms which added a dash of glam to the venue's industrial stone work. A lush green foilage wall provided a stunning back drop for the wedding ceremony itself and pretty candle lit lanterns dotted along the aisle added that extra romantic sparkle.


Bride Ruth's creative and artistic flair could be seen all around the venue, a beautiful hand drawn table plan and carefully handwritten signage, added a lovely personal touch. Ruth's Grandad had also made some giant, wooden light up letters of the couples initials which were a great focal point.


The scene was set for a fabulous day ahead and as guests arrived for the 2pm ceremony they were welcomed by wonderful live music from a musician who would provide an eclectic musical sound track for guests to dance and sing a long to throughout the whole day.


Ruth looked simply gorgeous when she arrived. Her stunning, traditional white gown, with a pretty sweet heart neckline and all over shimmer lace was perfectly accessorised with a flowing white veil and bridal bouquet of lavender tones and deep blue french hydrangeas. Her pretty team of bridesmaids, dressed in a powdery, cool grey complemented the silvery grey and white marble effect wedding cake, lovingly designed and made by Ruth's Grandma; Ruth's favourite colour!


After a relaxed ceremony and fabulous photos by Adam Wilkinson Photography Mr and Mrs Pickard and guests enjoyed a delicious wedding breakfast by in-house caterers Eat me - Drink Me. As guests made their way to be seated they 'oohed and ahhed' at childhood photographs of Ruth and Chris which provided cute table number settings. The children were kept well entertained with treasure chest colouring sets and a children's corner set up with jigsaws and fun activities to keep them busy!


As the party and dancing continued into the evening, guests were treated to a sweety station and wonderful street-food.


It was such a privilege to co-ordinate this wedding and work with such a lovely couple. A fantastic day was had by all.


Congratulations Mr and Mrs Pickard!


With love,


Karen xx


For more images click HERE





By modefor, Aug 13 2018 07:32AM

All things bright and beautiful as The Arches is transformed into an industrial garden paradise for the wedding of Estee and Josh.


On Saturday the 28th of July, our favourite industrial wedding venue was breathtakingly transformed into a chic, urban glasshouse with a distinctively botanical feel.


The large glass windows were expertly styled with lush displays of flora and fauna. Vibrant green pot plants and pops of zesty oranges and pinks added to the tropical feel whilst an abundance of ferns and foliage added softness to the botanical garden vibe.


This relaxed and tranquil sanctuary was the perfect location for Estee and Josh to celebrate their wedding day with family and friends and what a fabulously relaxed and happy time was had by all!


The 2pm ceremony was very much a family affair, a joyous occasion full of song, dance and praise with Estee and Josh's family and friends taking a lead role in the proceedings. A live band, made up of friends of the bride and groom provided wonderful music throughout the hour-long ceremony and Estee's bridesmaid's beautiful singing voice had guests dancing and singing in the aisles, as they embraced the joyful atmosphere.


The stormy weather on the day didn't dampen spirits and several rainstorms and deluges only added to the magical atmosphere. As thunder rumbled in the distance, there was a pause for reflection before more happiness and rejoicing, as Mr and Mrs Mellor danced down the aisle whilst family and friends clapped and cheered.


So much singing and dancing was clearly very thirsty work and as the cloud bursts continued after the ceremony, guests sipped on Pimms cocktails and relaxed and chatted in the beautiful garden like surroundings.


Bride Estee looked stunningly beautiful in her dress, a champagne bodice overlaid with an intricate floral themed lace design, accessorized perfectly with a pretty art deco style bridal halo. Her effortlessly romantic bridesmaids were dressed in flowing Grecian style gowns and floral bouquets and halos were kept pure and neutral. An image that wouldn't have looked out of place in a glossy bridal magazine. Just beautiful!


Our fantastic in-house caterers 'Eat Me-Drink Me' provided a wonderful wedding breakfast, the 'Middle Eastern' sharing platters seemed to prove very popular as guests chatted, socialised and enjoyed delicious Moroccan spiced hummus, sun blushed tomatoes, baba ghanoush and flat breads followed by a main course of delicious thyme roasted chicken and baked chocolate brownie for desert. What a feast!


The love and friendship between Estee, Josh and their families and friends was plain to see. A perfectly relaxed day bursting with so much joy, peace and happiness.


If you're going to get wed.....#wedlikemels!


Love from,


Karen x




Cake by Sweet Sugar Sixpence
Cake by Sweet Sugar Sixpence
Mode for's Karen with the happy couple
Mode for's Karen with the happy couple

By modefor, Jul 23 2018 09:51AM

Meeting new businesses online is always a treat and when they are wedding related businesses all the better!


Thanks to the power of Twitter I recently came across an exciting new online business called ‘How to I Do’ developed by lovely ladies Rachael and Clare.


The website is a curated collection of boutiques and independent wedding suppliers, bringing together the best of the North West of England to save couples time in planning a great wedding. There is also a blog that covers real weddings and provides insights and expert tips.


Describing the business, the ladies commented “How to I Do sees itself as having the feel of a beautiful magazine with useful editorial content to help couples to plan a wedding with confidence.”


The website and blog are targeted engaged couples looking for a stylish and individual big day in the North West. Explaining their core values and message, the ladies said: “Our core values and message are three-fold. Firstly, we want to shine a light on a wonderful region, and the smaller businesses within it who do excellent work. Secondly, we believe in multiculturalism, which is especially relevant in the North West. We aim to bring together the wedding market by having a range of multicultural wedding suppliers. Thirdly, we are inclusive and diverse and not solely bride-focused. We want grooms and same-sex couples to feel just as comfortable using our website, which is deliberately gender neutral. We want anyone to feel that How to I Do can help them to plan their wedding.”


How to I Do really has thought out of the box in wedding planning terms and caters for all styles of brides and grooms makes it a fabulous business in this huge industry of weddings. It purveys a sense of caring about its readers and clients and that exudes happiness, and we all want to run a happy business, right?


“Being part of an industry that celebrates love and happiness is, in itself, happiness-inducing!” said the ladies. “We see such beautiful work in the suppliers that we showcase that it is easy to feel inspired and positive by their passion and creativity. Through our blog about real weddings we hear the loveliest love stories too. It is a pleasure to be part of this business. We truly believe that How to I Do will assist time-poor couples in planning their wedding. After all, we know how long it can take to plan a brilliant Big Day - we have both done it! Now we just need to get our website and out there to help the next generations of engaged couples.”


As a new business, it’s always hard to get the ball rolling and get your name out there, but the clean, fresh, easy to navigate website is ticking all the right boxes. “We are growing every day however, we are still a very small fish at the moment and have a long way to go to truly reach and help the engaged community.”


But of course, there are not business but personal challenges too when starting a new business and the honesty of the ladies about these is truly refreshing and for me, a business that is honest and shows its true personality deserves to go far.

Rachael and Clare told me: “As starting any new business, it is easy to sometimes question if one is doing the right thing. We need to work extremely hard (which we do!) and also have a little patience and keep the faith! Fortunately, we can support each other should either of us have a minor ‘wobble.’ We need to remember that we only went live on 4th May 2018, and that Rome wasn’t built in a day! We are also learning to be even-better multi-taskers (and we were pretty good before!).”


I think you’ll agree that this new business rocks and really could be the way forward for time poor couples, wouldn’t you agree? But I’ll give the final words on why this business rocks to its leading ladies, Rachael and Clare: “How to I Do is born of a passion to support local businesses, promote diversity and multiculturalism within the wedding market and also save couples time in planning a great wedding. We believe that How to I Do has a contemporary edge compared with competitors in its style, easy-to-use website and its values. Unlike competitors we have a true collection of North West suppliers rather than simply a nod to the north!”


Go and check it out right now. All the deets are below.

Much Love

Tabby xx


Website: www.howto-ido.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HowtoIDoUK

Insta: @howtoidouk

Twitter: @ HowtoIDoUK

Pinterest: www.pinterest.co.uk/howtoidoUK/

Email: info@howto-ido.com



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