Supplier Spotlight – Catering – The Flying Ducks

The Flying Ducks Wedding Caterers

Today I am happy to announce my first Supplier spotlight! In these posts I am going to feature some of my absolute favourite suppliers that I have come across so far on my wedding planning journey. I came across Ruth and The Flying Ducks at the Vintage and Handmade Wedding Fair in Newbury.  The van looked absolutely stunning and I had a lovely chat with Ruth who was very friendly indeed. Today I have asked Ruth a few questions so that you can get to know her and her business a little better;

Tell us a little bit about The Flying Ducks and what you do?

The Flying Ducks are a unique event caterers. I cater for many different events, from ‘street food markets’, corporate team building and weddings. Weddings are my favourite, because it is always a happy atmosphere, and I get to dress up the caravans with beautiful flowers, hearts, bunting and fairy lights! Every wedding is different, and sometimes it’s just nice to be able to dress up and serve canapés and champagne one minute, and organising the waiting staff serving the tables,  then serving gourmet fish finger sandwiches and bacon butties to the ‘merry’ guests at the end of the day from the caravan.Sometimes the client just wants the caravan for the backdrop through the day, and then in full catering swing for the evening guests whilst they party.

What influenced you to start your business?

The original idea came about from my love of vintage caravans, and at the time, they could be picked up for very little money, not so much nowadays! I have been a chef most of my adult life, and trained as one professionally many moons ago. I thought that the vintage caravans would make great catering units, rather than the boring square trailers that were around. I found my original caravan on Ebay 4 years ago, and paid £350 for her. The final cost of the renovation was hugely more, but it has all been worth it.

What is the most memorable experience you have had catering a wedding?

I can honestly say that all weddings have been lovely, and I couldn’t pick out a favourite one, however, not so long ago, we were on our way to Derby to do a vintage themed wedding, when the engine on the car quite literally blew up on the M1, 20 miles from the venue. The stress of having to wait for the RAC to recover us, and then tow the caravan and the dead car into the wedding venue, was not much fun at all, but we got there a little late. Managed to set up, serve the 150 guests, close down, walk to the b&b, and then spent the next day being relayed home again.

I swiftly leased a new van after that ‘memorable’ wedding!

What is your favourite thing about your job?

I love my job because no day is the same, you meet some great and good people, I get to pick and choose my work load, and I get to create such loveliness for people.

Do you have any advice for brides to be out there, who are starting to look at the catering for their wedding?

My advice for brides when choosing your catering for the wedding, would be to not complicate the menu. Choose what you like, not the guests, it’s YOUR day!

Understand that the food is one of the most important details of your wedding, not the colour or font size of the place name cards! Go for simple, quality and where possible, in season ingredients. If the food is good, well presented and plentiful, the guests will always be happy. Less really is more, and more being in your bank account. Some wedding venues, will only allow their own caterer to cater, so it can often work out to be quite costly, so it is always worth looking for a venue which allows you to choose your own suppliers. There are some very beautiful village halls out there!

Flying Ducks Caterers

Thanks so much for telling us about your business today Ruth!  If you would like to know more about The Flying Ducks and what they can provide for your wedding or event, you can find their website here.

Laura xXx

1950’s – Wedding Theme Wednesday

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A 1950’s Themed Wedding

A 50’s wedding is bright and kitsch. You can run riot with girly patterns, as polka dots, checks and floral all float the 50’s boat! If you’re going the American route you might take inspiration from the 50’s diner and offer hot dogs, burgers, wafflees and ice cream sundaes for your wedding breakfast. And lets not forget the milkshakes for the kids! Music will play an important part, as will dancing, so make sure your dance floor is big enough for all of your guests!

My Top 5 Buys

1. Black Birdcage Veil – £10 from Accessorize

Bridal head pieces can cost a fortune, if you are trying to save your pennies and are having an alternative wedding, this could be just the ticket!

2. Retro Music Player – £149.95 from Not On The High Street

Imagine having one of these retro styled music players playing your favourite 50’s tunes while you mingle with your guests during cocktail hour. Listen to Vinyl, CD’s and you can even plug in your USB stick!

3. Retro Sunglasses – £59.94 from FAB

If you are expecting a sunny day, these retro glasses are just the Bees Knees, I love the colours.

4. 1950’s Halterneck Dress – £89 from Vivien Of Holloway

Vivien Of Holloway does some fabulous 50’s frocks that would be great for bridesmaids!

5. Popcorn Boxes – $17.97 for 50 from Amazon 

I love these little popcorn boxes, I think that would make a really cute favour. Or you could have them at a snack bar so people could carry their popcorn to the dance floor!

The Dress Shop

Candy Anthony creates some amazing, unique wedding dresses. Have a look at their gallery of real brides for some inspiration.

The Entertainment

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There are some fantastic 50’s tribute bands out there that can really turn your wedding into a blast from the past. Look out for The Bluebirds (pictured above),The Jets and Lipstick On His Collar.

Another idea is to hire a jukebox, so that you can lean up against it and do your best impression of The Fonze, “Aaaaeeeyyy!”

The First Dance

Why not pick a 50’s classic like Earth Angel by The Penguins or Dream Lover by Bobby Darin, both stunning songs.

The DIY Tutorial

I  absolutely love this rainbow petticoat tutorial shared on Rock N Roll bride. If you want to add a little bit of colour to your wedding dress this is a fab way of doing it!

 

Would you consider a 50’s style wedding?

 

Laura xXx

Secret Garden Party – Wedding Theme Wednesday

This week I have decided to change up my Top 5 posts, from now on it shall be known as ‘Wedding Theme Wednesday’. Each week I am going to pick a theme, and as well as my top 5 items to buy, I am also going to pick some of my favourite things from the inter-web to compliment the chosen theme. This weeks theme is Secret Garden Party!

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Secret Garden Party

In my mind, a secret garden themed wedding is going to be a summer affair. Floral patterns and flowers are in abundance, and the elegance of the Victorian era plays a large part.  Pops of colour, including pinks, yellows, blues and greens are nestled amongst the backdrop of muted cream tones. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this is going to be an old fashioned event! Oh no! Think traditional tea party meets fashionable festival!

My Top 5 Buys

1. Pollyanna dress – £295 from Phase Eight
This dress is stunning, who would have thought it was from a high street shop! And such a great price too.

2. Paloma Pearl Clutch – £60 from Coast
Another high street buy, perfect to keep the brides essential items in!

3. Paper Plates – £2.99 for 12 at Mollie and Fred
Wow, these are the prettiest plates, they almost look like they are really made of china! These would really spruce up your table decoration if you were going for a tea party feel.

4. Wedding Flower Crown £36.20 from K is For Kani
This is such a sweet flower crown, a perfect quirky alternative to a vale.

5. Mason Jar Party Glasses – $49.99 from Modcloth
I love mason jar glasses. I actually own some larger ones, but I think these would be perfect for serving cocktails in at a reception.

The Venue

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RHS Rosemoor in Great Torrington, Devon – This venue really caught my eye with its amazingly colourful and lavish flower beds. Within the gardens there are 8 different structures which you can get married in, all of which embrace the love of nature in different ways. What fantastic photographs you would come away with!  The terraced marquee can seat up to 250 guests for your evening reception, and the windows allow a perfect view of the beautiful gardens. Guests can also spill out onto the winter garden lawn. Drinks and canapees can also be provided in many of the gardens within Rosemoor.

The Entertainment

The Samurais of Swing – This Gypsy Jazz style busking band really evoke that fun festival feel, with just a hint of that old fashioned style.

The Cake

This secret garden cake is perfection!

The DIY Tutorial

Moss covered initials  – I love oversized letters at a wedding, and this tutorial would be great for a secret garden themed reception.  I’d also be tempted to wind either real or fake flowers around each letter to add a little bit of colour!

What do you think about the new format? I hope you enjoyed this weeks secret garden party post! Have you got any suggestions of themes for upcoming weeks?

Laura xXx

 

My Top 5 Wedding Picks

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Ooh, I’ve got some pretty picks for you today! Let me know what you think, and as always, if you are a wedding supplier I’d love to hear from you!

1. Patterned Paper Plates – £6 for a set of 8 plates from Peach Blossom – Not On The High Street

Don’t you just love pretty paper plates!? I really like the geometric patterns that are in fashion at the moment, so cute!

2. Photo Booth Prop Glasses – £20.04 for 3 from Funny Face Props

These glasses are the best photobooth props I have ever seen! And you can get them in all sorts of different colours

3. ‘I do’ clutch -£16 from Alphabet Bags

Alphabet bags have got a phenomenal range of wedding themed totes and clutches. I love this little one for holding all the wedding day essentials in!

4. Ombre Gourmet Lollipops from Boss Girls Inc

The lollies in this shop look delicious, and not only that but they are beautiful too. My favourite has to be the ‘Mint Choc Chip’ lolly. Sadly they don’t ship to the UK 🙁

5. Heart Stickers – 36 for £1 from Haus Of Glue 

I spotted these little stickers in fellow blogger Lisa’s shop and thought how handy they would be. You could use them for all sorts of wedding related things. I’d write our initials on them and stick them to save the dates or favours, or you could use them to decorate place cards.

 

Laura xXx

My Top 5 Wedding Picks!

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I quite enjoyed last weeks Top 5 post, so I thought I would make it a regular thing! Get in contact if you know of any great products, or perhaps you are a wedding supplier yourself! You might appear on my list next week!

1. Take out Wedding Favour Box – 20 for £33.03 from Sheila Mari Designs

I know these are meant to be for putting favours in, but I think they would be a great idea to have on hand, either to take a piece of wedding cake in, or if the buffet hasn’t been totally devoured, for your guests to take home a packed lunch for the next day!

2. Wooden Ice Cream Spoons – £5.28 for a pack of 20 from Sucre Shop

These are so cute, even if you have no ice cream you should try to find a use for these!

3. Felted Bouquet – £42.94 from Fairy Folk Weddings 

How unique is this bouquet! So vibrant and pretty!

4. Animal Wedding Place Cards – £66.6 for 100 Bull or Flamingo Cards, £99.09 for 100 Crab cards from JoNiPaperGoods

These are genius! Especially if you are having an animal themed wedding? And they come in all different colours too!

5. Mahogany Wedding Cake Topper £45.58 from Better Of Wed

There are loads of lovely designs in this shop, but this one caught my eye because when I get married, I will become a Powell!

Laura xXx

 

 

Vintage Wedding Fair in Newbury

I have really been slacking on my wedding blog recently, but life has just been so busy! If you want to take a peek at some of the things I have been doing you can pop over to my non wedding blog Wrapped Up In Rainbows.

Anyway, a couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to once again accompany the lovely Mister Kanish to a VINTAGE wedding fair hosted by Fusion Wedding Events, and it was awesome! I met some really lovely people and had some great conversations about weddings, and obviously the boys were fantastic. I went home absolutely brimming with ideas and excitement about our wedding! Here are some pics I took…

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Here are Mister Kanish doing their thing.

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Just look at this beautiful display by Peach and Jo Photography. I love all their cute vintage details, and they were super friendly which of course is incredibly important when picking a photographer! Plus you get two of them!

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These sweet little invitations were made by the equally friendly Jo from Tea and Doilies. As well as wedding stationery Tea and Doilies can provide tea set hire, and even food! I spent a long time chatting with Jo, she even helped me come up with some ideas for my wedding, completely unrelated to stationery!

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Of course we managed to find another photobooth. This one was called Prints Charming, and was owned by the very bubbly Hana Laurie. I liked this one for a few reasons… it was a stand up one rather than a sit down one, the colours are pretty and the props were great. If you had it at your wedding you could have your name in place of the Prints Charming and writing at the side, and you would usually get 4 pictures all the same size on one sheet. I think you can specify how they sit on the page though.

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The Flying Ducks are a catering company that run out of the cutest caravan I ever did see! I would love to have this on our wedding day if the budget will allow. It would fit perfectly with our festival feel.

Another exhibitor that caught my eye was The Reel Sixty, a wedding film company specializing in films shot in 8mm. They had a really lovely nostalgic feel to them.

I hope you enjoyed my virtual wedding fair today! I have another one for you soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Laura xXx