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By modefor, Jun 18 2018 07:22AM

Last Saturday we finally celebrated the wedding of Hannah and Spencer at Hargate Hall and it was totally worth the wait...


Hannah and Spencer were originally planning to get married earlier this year, but the ‘Beast from the East’ storm had other ideas.


Two days before the wedding all roads to the venue were completely blocked with snow, cutting off the nearest town and making it impossible for anyone to get to the venue. With family and friends travelling from as far as Australia our beautiful couple had to make the brave and heartbreaking decision to postpone the wedding.


Fast forward a few months... with the wedding rescheduled and new plans in place, we supported our couple through the whole process. And here at Mode For… we believe everything happens for a reason and it all works out for the best, in the end.


Things couldn't have worked out better last Saturday, the sun shone all day, it was beautiful blue skies and everyone was relaxed with smiles all round. The most wonderful wedding day.


Hannah and Spencer are huge music fans and the marquee at Hargate Hall was decorated and personalised to reflect their love of music festivals and bands.


The wedding meal was perfectly relaxed and our incredible Mode For... picnic baskets looked amazing as centre pieces on each table. This unique wedding breakfast was a hit with all the families at the wedding. Imagine... delicious deli meats, Italian inspired antipasti, traditional sausages rolls, rustic crusty bread, cheeseboards, just to name a few of the things tucked away and waiting to be unpacked in our beautiful picnic baskets.


The fun continued into the afternoon with garden games, an open bar, homemade cocktails and never ending sunshine. Hannah and Spencer’s wedding is exactly what Hargate Hall is all about - family, friends and a personalised bespoke weekend wedding.


Hannah and Spencer's wedding was my first working with Mode For... and l loved every single minute of it. I felt so privileged to be a part of their special day. Spending time with the couples extended family and friends was amazing. I love how everyone pulls together, working hard to bring months worth of planning to life during the 'pre-wedding set up'. I love the anticipation and build up for the big the day. But mostly, I love seeing how people travel across the country to see their friends say their vows and start their happily every after together.


At Mode For… we would love to help solve any of your wedding problems or help you make your dream wedding come true. Please get in touch with us, we could talk about weddings all day!


Laura xxx



By modefor, Jun 11 2018 10:20AM

We kicked-off June with a fabulous wedding at The Arches as Dean Clough. The wedding of Jamie and James.


This fabulous couple had everything organised and it was all about foliage, ferns, fabulous food and fun.


They actually held their wedding ceremony at Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags which is a beautiful National Trust hidden gem in Hebden Bridge before coming over to The Arches in a vintage bus. Then it was time for a few photos, a three-course sit down meal from the in-house caterers Eat Me - Drink Me and dancing, all night long!


There were some great extra touches too with succulent favours, giant games supplied by Add Vintage, our favourite photobooth Herman from Volkswagen Wedding Company. Florals were by The Willow Garden.


The first sneak of official photos from Lianne Gray Photography are absolutely fabulous too.


Check out our behind the scenes images HERE.


Congratulations Jamie & James.

Much Love

Tabby xxx


By modefor, Jun 4 2018 09:33AM



The beauty of the weddings we surround ourselves with at Mode for… is that they are all completely unique and reflect the character and personalities of our couples. That’s why I get so excited about every wedding.


April 2018 offered us two amazing Saturdays weather wise and we were lucky enough to have weddings booked on both days.


Saturday 14th April 2018 was the wedding of Sophie & Richard at The Arches @ Dean Clough; one of my all-time favourite venues and where we are fortunate enough to be the exclusive wedding coordinators too.


Sophie and Richard are a fabulous couple and this was to be an intimate ceremony for 23 people followed by a reception for 60. With the couple not living locally and actually based in London (this is increasingly the case with our couples now) most of the planning was done from afar and I was delighted when Sophie also asked us to do all the styling and flowers. Simple and pretty was the brief and bush pinks and whites with lots of greenery the colour palette of the day.



Whilst the sun shone through the amazing large windows of the mill, the ceremony was beautiful and intimate in equal measures before the drinks started flowing, incredible food from the wonderful in-house caterers Eat Me-Drink Me and an evening of Beer Pong Championships prior to dancing into the night.




Relaxed, personal and absolutely perfect.

Another amazing wedding at The Arches entered the memory books.

Thank you so much Sophie and Richard. It was incredible.

Much Love

Tabby xxx


Venue: The Arches @ Dean Clough

Coordinator: Tabby at Mode for…

Flowers: Tabby at Mode for…

Food: Eat Me – Drink Me






By modefor, Jun 4 2018 09:25AM

One of the most valuable things we can be is honest but, being honest with ourselves is tricky and this is especially true when it comes to our own wedding.


Therefore, it’s time to get honest, realistic and believe in your own integrity when it comes to planning your wedding.


Let me break it down a little into three key areas, in no particular order (and btw… there are plenty more things you can get honest about, not just these! Don’t even start me on children at weddings and traditions such as cake cutting and first dances!)…


Pinterest


Firstly, whilst I love Pinterest for inspiration and general nosiness, get off it when making your final planning decisions for your wedding. Get your own wedding and stop stealing someone else’s! Be honest with yourself and ask yourself what YOU and YOUR partner really want. Don’t just copy someone else’s wedding or ideas that some professionals put together for a styled shoot. These images are there to be inspiration for you and not for you to carbon copy. So, close your eyes, imagine your big day… what does it look like? Honestly? Now create this vision.


Budget


Yep, the big ‘taboo’ that you need to be really honest about because quite simply, starting married life in debt purely from a party you were paying for where everyone else ate and drank sucks! So, be realistic and honest. Pick your budget truthfully and stick to it. You can have the most amazing wedding on a small budget. These big fancy expensive weddings do not make you any happier in married life than an elopement and quiet dinner with just the two of you.


Small budget does not mean missing out. It’s an opportunity to get wise and savvy financially and produce a wedding which is the truest reflection of you both as a couple with the people you love most around you. Which brings me on to my third point…


Family


Get really brutally honest here. If you don’t like them, don’t see them and have nothing to do with them, why would you invite them? Especially if it was at the detriment of a friend who has shared so much with you or quite simply just makes you laugh and you want them at your party? Being related does not give people the right to expect an invitation to your wedding. Now, I’m not suggesting a lack of sensitivity and being mean in not inviting family members but remember this is your wedding and you get to choose who you share it with. You could always do a separate informal family party to invite them all if you have heaps of family but actually want some friends at your wedding. You must be honest to yourselves and do exactly what you feel comfortable with. Don’t think you are at the mercy of any historic traditions and protocols; you’re not. This is about the two of you and by the way, just because someone contributes to funding your wedding does not give them the right to dictate your guest list. Be calm, compromise but be honest about your feelings and be empowered to take control of your wedding.


Tabby xxx


By modefor, Mar 27 2017 01:55PM

A week on from being in Switzerland working with the fabulous musicians of the Echo du Jorat Brass Band, I’ve been pondering why the concert Simon and I took part in had such a huge impact on me when, to be quite frank, the idea of playing in a brass band concert in the UK leaves me somewhat cold these days.


That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed a couple of the last concerts I’ve played in here in Blighty. Before Christmas I had the great pleasure of playing for the Rothwell Temperance Band in two concerts and well, what a band that is! A superb standard band with a great Musical Director that puts a little twist on the musical choices to keep programmes fresh, plus a full, appreciative audience. What a great combo!


The fact is though, I loved our Switzerland gig because it wasn’t just a concert. It was a whole performance and event packaged up with every element that made the musicians and audience happy and wanting more.


For years, bands, choirs and other musical groups in the UK have put on a concert for audiences to enjoy, but with a decline in audience sizes, less disposable income for people to spend on attending concerts and let’s face it, a general apathy towards supporting the arts, concerts are struggling to compete with other social invitations.


Maybe it’s just because groups are not offering the paying guests enough? Maybe it’s time for a shake-up and to think outside the box.


The format for our Swiss adventure went something like this….

8.30pm – Concert… A great concert in two halves with new music, easy listening music, great soloists (all of which did an encore of their entire solo again). During the interval, there was the usual drinks, raffle etc… everything you’d expect to help ‘up the revenue.’

11pm – Concert finishes. Lots of happy musicians and very happy paying guests…none of which leave the venue….


So, what happens next you may ask? Well, it was at this point that everyone chipped in and seemingly this was just the beginning of the night… A local folk band started playing, people started dancing, the local food and wine was flowing, everyone had their role to play and there was a room of the biggest, happiest party I’ve seen in a while…and they were still going five or six hours later! It was truly brilliant and a tremendous, happy atmosphere.


But it isn’t rocket science to make it such a success; quite simply the concert wasn’t just a concert. It was a whole performance event and party which became a great celebration of music, food and drink.


Now, like the best culinary recipes, surely that’s the way forward with performances…simple quality ingredients put together well to create the ultimate sensation.

Food (and music) for thought…


Tabby xxx




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