Wedding

Summer lovin'

This August is full to the brim with wonderful weddings at the barns! We have loved seeing how each couple are getting creative and putting their own style on things with their table plans, stationery, games, beam decor and flowers - its different every day and we love it!

We have also been looking back at some gorgeous weddings over the past few years which have also taken place in August - looking back makes us smile just as much as it did on the day!

As we near the end of another week, we are excited to host more wonderful celebrations under our timber beams and can’t wait to meet lots of new faces throughout the rest of the month.

We’d also like to wish all of the couples featured below a very happy anniversary for this month - time to pop some bubbly we think ;) Now it’s time for some summer inspo….

 

ROB + ROCHELLE 11.08.19

Tom Halliday Photography

 

LISA + NEIL 11.08.16

Lottie Ettling Photography

 

AIMEE + CHRIS 10.08.17

Fay Andrea Weddings

 

MARK + SOPHIE 08.08.15

Lina & Tom

 

AMY + MARK 19.08.16

Jessica Reeve Photography

 

LIZZIE + GEOFF 03.08.17

Stuart Deadman Photography

 

CHARLOTTE + SIMON 04.08.18

Rebecca Louise Photography

 

LAURA + DIRK 19.08.17

Greg Coltman Photography

 

KIM + GAVIN 16.08.18

Weddings by Adrian Dewey

 

CATHERINE + CHARLIE 24.08.17

Daniel Ackerley Photography

Could we be the venue for you?

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Hello! We hope you’ve enjoyed the glorious weather this weekend!

We wanted to check in with you this Sunday afternoon to let you know we have a couple of days coming up in July when we will be holding a number a personal show rounds :) Hurray!!! So the big question is…are you looking for your perfect wedding venue? If the answers yes, then why not come and say hello?!

Image - Ania Ames Photography

Image - Ania Ames Photography

On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July our GG Parris will be holding exclusive viewings of the barns where you will be able to take a look around our venue and ask any questions you like!

Appointments are limited and are first come, first served so be quick to guarantee your space.

Get in touch on 01638 731230 or email parris@thegranaryestates.co.uk to book your appointment.

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Image - Olivia & Dan Photography

We look forward to meeting you!

The GG’s :)




Start your wedding journey with us...

Last week, we threw our styling hats on and got creative in the barns to show you how, even without beam styling, the barns can look elegant, colourful and full of life!

With help from the lovely team at local hiring company CMA Hire, we were able to dress the tables with lush dove grey cloths, coloured glassware and marble charger plates. These additional touches really added a luxury feel, giving a sophisticated look with a modern finish. The options CMA Hire provide are endless so you can get really creative if table styling is your passion!

The team at Hall & Co. Event Design also provided some of their gorgeous pieces from their prop shop, enabling us to enhance areas of the lounge area and Milling Room for a bit of cosy styling inspo! We especially love the glass vases the team provided for our centre piece styling, alongside green pops of colour and foliage from Florist extraordinaire Clare Jones!

As you can see, we haven’t over styled the barns and have let the natural beauty of the building shine through. So if getting creative does’t come naturally to you, if you prefer to keep things simple (less is more as they say) or if your budget doesn’t allow for a lot of styling, we could be the venue for you! :)


As we dive into May and all things weddings, it is the perfect time to come and take a look around our venue. We can hold your exclusive viewing during the week, but also have appointments available on Saturday mornings and on Sundays so we can work around you! We tend to have weddings set up at the weekends so this is the prime time to come along :)

We have appointments available in June so why not start your wedding journey with us and come to have your own personal tour on the barns? To speak with our events team (GG’s Becca, Parris and Naomi) simply give us a call on 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Have a great weekend! x

Meet The Experts: The Luxe Paper Co.

Designing stationery is such a personal journey, it sets the tone and story for such special occasions and I love being able to be a part of that process.

Hi Chloe! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you founded The Luxe Paper Co.

Hi I’m Chloe and I’m the designer behind The Luxe Paper Co. I’m obsessed with stationery, typography, luxury papers and anything with gold foil! I’m a self-professed font and paper geek and I get excited every time new orders arrive.

Design is a huge part of my life and I am lucky enough to do what I love on a daily basis. As well as designing wedding stationery, I have years of experience working in agencies collaborating with a vast array of clients from small and national companies to large global ones.

After creating stationery for family and friends weddings, I fell in love with the idea of being able to create something so special that tells such a personal story. Few belongings can better tell the story of your most important memories than special occasion stationery.

Therefore taking my design experience and passion for stationery I was inspired to take the leap and launch The Luxe Paper Co.

All images courtesy of The Luxe Paper Co.

All images courtesy of The Luxe Paper Co.

I’ve only recently this year taken the leap and launched The Luxe Paper Co. I’ve designed a lot of wedding stationery for family and friends the last few years but it was designing my own this year that led me to set up properly.

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What’s the best thing about your job?

It goes without saying that receiving feedback is one of the very best parts about my job. There is nothing better than knowing that the stationery you have put so much time and love into creating is adored by the client it has have been created for.

Designing stationery is such a personal journey, it sets the tone and story for such special occasions and I love being able to be a part of that process.

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If you could give a piece of advice to a couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

Get an early start so that you won’t feel rushed later, once you’ve found the perfect venue and secured your date, book in with a stationer, especially if you are looking for something bespoke, as they often get booked up quickly and it’s an important part in creating the theme for your day.

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? Are there certain trends making their way through this year?

I think stationery has become a massive part of the wedding industry; it’s a very personal process and defines the style and tone of the whole wedding and the couple themselves. More than ever couples are looking for something bespoke and personal.

In 2019 I think Perspex and vellum are going to continue to be massive and while pastels and pinks are commonly associated with wedding stationery, darker hues are looking to take centre stage, as a formal but more luxury option.

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What are your favourite colours or patterns to work with?

This is a really difficult question; I love really rich and deep colours, a gold foil finish is also a firm favourite of mine. With every couple comes a different brief and wedding which is always so exciting as I know I’ll get to experiment with different fonts, colours, papers and themes.

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What have you got lined up for the rest of the year?

As well as moving house, travelling America and continuing to plan my own wedding for next year, I am looking forward to meeting and working with new couples and growing The Luxe Paper Co. I am also excited to be attending a family wedding in the summer at The Granary Estates.

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I am so delighted to be a recommended supplier for The Granary Estates. It is such a stunning venue with beautiful grounds and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend several weddings as a guest here and feel privileged to be a supplier.

Thanks Chloe!

To see more of Chloe’s beautiful work, hit the button below!

Spring Florals

With a variety of different wedding and events taking place under our timber beams, we see our fair share of stunning florals making their way through the barns.

As pops of colours and textures begin to emerge around our grounds, we wanted to take a closer look at some of the flowers which are at their prime during this season and the different ways they can be utilised at your spring nuptials or event… which ones are your favourite???

TULIPS

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HYACINTH

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PEONY

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FREESIA

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PUSSY WILLOW

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AZALEA

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Meet The Experts: Coversbygill

Always meet with your suppliers and be strong about exactly what you want.  Keep to your budget and remember that sometimes less is more!

Hi Gill! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you founded the business…

Hi my name is Gill! I am a mother of three and a grandmother of six.

At one of my daughter’s weddings, I was watching a company from Essex who came in to do the chair covers and as the gentleman was on his own I thought I would lend a hand.  Not being biased but my bows were better than the company that I had employed! I remember being proud of how a simple thing that I had done looked so good and then thinking wow, I can do this and get paid! Three months later, we were up and running…

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How long have you been trading and how has the company grown?

I have been trading for 8 years now and I have to say it was a little bit of luck that kick started Coversbygill.

A good friend of mine who was working as a Wedding Coordinator at a venue in town, asked to see what I had with the thought that if it was good enough, we could become a recommended supplier. As I only buy the best stock, it came down to me to show I could do the job…. I can happily say that after 8 years I still am on the supplier list for this venue!

Image - Daniel Ackerley Photography

Image - Daniel Ackerley Photography

 What’s the best thing about your job and what you do?

The best thing about my job is transforming a venue and bringing the brides vision to life. The girls that assist me are great as well.  We always work in a happy environment :)

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If you could give a piece of advice to a couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

Always meet with your suppliers and be strong about what you want.  Keep to your budget and remember that sometimes less is more!

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How do you feel about being a recommended supplier with us? What type of things have you done at the barns?

I am delighted to be a supplier for the barns because it is one of the most prestigious venues in our area.  With such a beautiful setting, the photos always look fab which is great for Coversbygill. The staff are so accommodating and helpful, often assisting whilst we are there.

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Image - Daniel Ackerley Photography

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How could you help with alternative events such as corporate seminars/exhibitions etc.?

Coversbygill also supplies different colour table cloths, as well as chair covers, so if your event needs a little something different, we can provide those extra touches.  Some corporate events also love to have the company colours integrated in to their set up which we also accommodate with chair bands and cloths etc.

We repeatedly provide racing colours for events in and around the horse racing town of Newmarket which is just a few miles from the Granary Estates.

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through this year?

Coversbygill’s main business is chair styling and so the biggest change I have seen in recent years is the introduction of the chavari chair. At first this seemed a bit of a negative thing for us, mainly as these chairs are stunning on their own and don’t have a need to be covered, therefore making our services redundant.

However, luckily for us, the beautiful vertical chiffon drops and soft sashes were introduced by our suppliers which enabled us to bring something else in to the industry. We still continue with the event chairs however which always need a full cover as well.

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What is/are your favourite colour/colours to work with?

I love working with ivory as it always looks so chic. Navy and pink are timeless and I really love it when a little bit of sparkle or green foliage is added to the equation.  When I first started Cadbury Purple was king, but I haven’t seen it for a long time now. Lilac is pretty, and Hessian and lace give a lovely rustic theme.

I see the vision of my brides and as long as we meet that I am happy! On the down side tying Hessian is a task but good for the muscles!

What have you got lined up for the rest of 2019?

2019 is going to be a great year for the chiffon vertical or horizontal drops as new colours are coming out all the time. We are busy with lots of weddings in the spring/summer, with lots of Christmas parties in the Autumn and Winter. We also have a lot of Christmas and New Year weddings coming up. Who doesn’t love a Winter wedding?!

Thanks Gill!

To see more images and the array of options on offer with Coversbygill, take a look at the company Facebook page by clicking HERE!

Wedding Traditions: Where did they come from?

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE

A SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE

Have you ever wondered where this rhyme originated? Or why we throw confetti? Or wear a veil…?

We’ve researched some of our most well known wedding traditions in the UK to find out where they came from and the significance they hold, even today.

WEARING WHITE

Wearing white on your wedding day has modern day connotations of purity, religion and virginity.

However, after some research we have found that the real reason white wedding dresses became so traditional was due to Queen Victoria and her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. The Queen simply liked the colour (which only the wealthy could really afford in those times) and as a result it became the must have colour for wedding dresses! Victoria’s lace dress became a must have, with aristocratic families choosing the colour and material to display their wealth and status. Nothing to do with purity at all… interesting huh?

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GARTERS

A bit of an odd tradition right? We thought so too! We found this information from Bustle about this wedding idea…

Brides have always been seen as very good luck, and getting a piece of the wedding attire even more so. A medieval French tradition meant that immediately after they left the altar, brides were rushed by attendees wanting to tear off a bit of her gown for good fortune.

The result? A bride in rags, and probably not too pleased. The garter version, just like the bouquet toss, was devised sometime in history as a way to keep the mob at bay and still let the bride remain fully clothed.

We’re glad this has taken on much more of a fun and playful aspect of the day in recent years…! No ripping of dresses at The Granary please…!

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Vintage Style Garter - notonthehighstreet.com

WEDDING VEIL

A wedding veil is really down to personal preference with many brides choosing to wear it as an accessory, others for use during the ceremony and some not at all! We found this explanation about how veils came to be used on Cosmopolitan:

It turns out that veils first became popular in the Roman times when a red sheet, called a 'flammeum', was used to cover the bride from head-to-toe. This was supposed to make the bride look like she was on fire which, in turn, was intended to scare off any evil spirits looking to ruin her big day.

Over time, the veil became a method to disguise the bride from evil spirits and, of course, her husband who wasn't supposed to see his new wife until the deed was done. The un-veiling of the bride - done by the groom - was to symbolise that ownership has changed hands; from her father, to her husband.

So whether or not you would choose to wear one, the veil has been around for many years and looks set to be around as a wedding accessory for many years to come.

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Image - Chasing Eve Photography


SOMETHING OLD

Originating from around the Victorian era, to have something ‘old’ on your person on your wedding day, was another method of keeping ‘evil spirits’ away. It would also signify continuity and hold a strong sentimental value. This would commonly be a piece of jewellery belonging to an older relation. Another well-loved item to use as ‘something old’ would be to wear the mother or grandmothers wedding dress - a very traditional and symbolic statement.


SOMETHING NEW

Having a ‘new’ item on your wedding day would symbolise good fortune and success in the couples new life together. Nowadays this can be any item such as clothing, a pocket watch or similar trinkets to carry with you - just a small token to signify a new chapter and optimism for the future. Lovely! :)


SOMETHING BORROWED

This one could have a double meaning…. by borrowing something from your friends or family, this was a promise from the lender to always have your best interests at heart and the promise to be there to support you whenever needed. It also has an added sentimental value attached to it which is what we think it’s all about :)

The alternative is to borrow something from an already happily married couple whose borrowed possession may ‘rub off’ some good luck on to you! During the 18th and 19th centuries, this would even go as far as borrowing a female relatives undergarments to encourage fertility following the marriage - we’re not sure this is such a favoured tradition nowadays!


SOMETHING BLUE

The colour blue symbolises purity, love and faithfulness. This dates back to biblical times when the colour was used to represent these virtues. Traditionally the colour blue can be seen in a brides garter, a bouquet or in small details like a piece of jewellery, for example.



A SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE

The sixpence tradition began in the late 17th century as a part of the dowry gift to the groom.

Wikipedia states ‘A dowry is a transfer of parental property, gifts or money at the marriage of a daughter”.

As time and traditions have moved on, this has evolved and now a sixpence is used as a good luck charm by the bride and typically worn in the left shoe throughout the day. It symbolises wealth and happiness.


WHICH SIDE SHOULD I SIT?

Having seen many weddings under our timber beams over the past 6 years, we know that this wedding tradition isn’t as prevalent nowadays. All the same, we found it really interesting to find our just where this idea came from! This article from The Spruce explains it perfectly…

Wedding lore tells us that hundreds of years ago, kidnappers would often capture and hurry off with the bride in order to steal her dowry. So, in order to ensure that the groom could keep his sword arm (the right) free, the bride stood on the other side (the left.) Today, in spite of the fact that the groom rarely wears a sword nor needs to fend off attackers, you'll almost always see the bride standing on the groom's left. It is also traditional for wedding guests to follow suit. Typically, the bride's guests and family sit on the left, while the groom's family and guests sit on the right.

If you’re not a huge fan of this tradition, signs such as ‘Choose a seat, not a side, we’re all family once the knot is tied’ are a great way to let people know your thoughts on this :)

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Image - Ania Ames Photography

YOU CAN’T SEE HER BEFORE THE WEDDING!

This long standing and still very much used tradition is one that got us scratching our heads a bit! Brides also took a look into this and found the following:

One such tradition that we take for granted today is the superstition that it is bad luck to see the bride on the wedding day. Now, we must ask ourselves: but why would it be bad luck to see the bride? Picture this: You're an Elizabethan-era father who scraped together enough goats and cows to make a compelling dowry for your teenage daughter, and you're this close to getting her married to the fella down the street. You've been negotiating with his family for months, and you've nearly got it in the bag. The last thing you would want is for the groom-to-be to catch a glimpse of your daughter the morning of the wedding and realise that—bless her heart—she's a homely thing. Why, if he saw her before the very second she arrived at the altar, he might run, and now wouldn't that be bad luck? Better to be safe than sorry—you have your daughter don a veil, too. Now there's no way he can make a quick getaway as she treks down the aisle. Phew!

Wow. Just wow… :/

With all of the above aside, we do really enjoy this tradition in its modern form. To be present when the bride and groom, groom and groom or bride and bride see each other for the first time on the day is simply magical! And for this reason, we like this tradition and all of the excitement and anticipation it brings with it. LOVE!


CONFETTI

The tradition of throwing items such as rice, seeds, flowers and small sweets began many centuries back, with the more modern option of paper being adopted as the confetti of choice by the Victorians (it would hurt a lot less than getting rained on by candy or getting a bit of rice in the eye!).

The word ‘confetti’ is the plural of the Italian word ‘confetto’, meaning small sweet. The Italians would favour throwing small sweets or almonds to signal the start of the informal celebrations, which leads us on to another wedding favourite over the years… sugared almonds. You learn something new everyday! :)

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Image - Greg Coltman Photography

CARRYING A BOUQUET

Now this one is quite straight forward.

In times gone by, when people would only bathe a couple of times a year, a bouquet was carried on the wedding day in order to mask the smell and make the bride feel better. Even though our bathing habits are now far better and take place more regularly (hopefully), this tradition has stayed and we for one love it!

A bouquet is a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding day, add a pop of colour to your wedding photos as well as giving the bride (or groom) something to hold as they make their way down the aisle. It is a nerve-racking moment after all!

GOING ACROSS THE THRESHOLD

The Knot describes this tradition below:

The ancient Romans started it: the bride had to show that she was not at all crazy about leaving her father's home, and so was dragged over the threshold to her groom's house. Ancients also believed that evil spirits, in a last-ditch effort to curse the couple, hovered at the threshold of their new home, so the bride had to be lifted to ensure that the spirits couldn't enter her body through the soles of her feet. These days, it's just fun!

We’re glad it’s all a bit of fun these days… no evil spirits please!


So there you have it folks! Just a few of the popular wedding traditions that we are all familiar with in the UK. It’s just so interesting to look back at our history and understand the things which are still happening today after so many years!

Are there other wedding or event related blogs you would like to see? Or topics that we could help you with via a blog? We are always happy to hear from you so please do get in touch if you have specific content you want us to take a look at!

Thanks for visiting our blog :)

The GG’s x

Meet The Experts: Dreamwave

Our custom lighting and sound production is fully equipped to deliver design and concept installation of the highest quality.
— CARINA, Dreamwave Events

Hello Dreamwave! Tell us a bit about yourselves…

CARINA: Paul and Dave, already both experienced, technically skilled DJs, joined forces to form Dreamwave Events back in 2009.  They have always been about connecting with the clients, combining a first-class service from the initial contact through to the evening of the event and providing a bespoke performance by understanding their audience. 

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Image - Pete Denness Photography

How has the company grown in the past few years?

CARINA: We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year!  With the combined motive power, knowledge and professionalism of the team, Dreamwave Events has grown year on year.  By staying true to our roots providing a service to clients that is of the highest standard and quality, we have a set of DJs whose technical skills and their ability to read the crowd, guarantees a personalised entertainment experience.

We are so proud of the fantastic team we have today from our dedicated office staff and knowledgeable crew to our hand-picked highly skilled DJ’s whose artistic flare and dynamic style can only mean your evening party will be a complete hit!

We are always looking for new and innovative ways to move forward with the business and have moved into providing collaborations with artists like Sister Sax and most recently, DJ Destruction.

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Image - Stuart Deadman Photography

Tell us a bit more about your exciting new venture with DJ Destruction…

CARINA: We are always looking at innovative ways to move forward.  DJ Destruction is a world class scratch DJ who will perform for a one hour set during your evening party when booked alongside our evening DJ package.   We have seen him perform and he is absolutely awesome! He completely immerses himself into his high-octane sets.  You can check my blog post, that has a short clip of DJ Destruction performing.

 

If you could give a piece of advice to your couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

CARINA: This sounds completely biased – but I would say, don’t underestimate the evening party.  From experience, I would say a lot of couples do not put it on their priority list, yet it is a large chunk of your day and the part that you and you guests get to let your hair down and have fun! 

On this note, make sure it’s the party you envisage with the music and entertainment you want. 

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Image - Pete Denness Photography

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Image - Matt Wing Photography

What is one of your favourite memories at the barns?

PAUL: One of my fondest memories was providing our Cocktail DJ service during a wedding drinks reception a couple of years ago on very warm summers day!  We can play any type of background music during this service from modern acoustic tracks to chilled jazz but on this occasion,  it was funky house / Ibiza classics! It was amazing guests where dancing along on the lawn whilst enjoying drinks and canapes, the atmosphere was perfect and much like being in Ibiza right there and then!

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Image - Pete Denness Photography

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Image - Matt Wing Photography

What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through in 2019?

CARINA: We find when it comes to entertainment, that couples are always looking for something new to blow away their guests.  We have seen many old school garage DJ’s performing and DJ’s jamming alongside saxophonists – now it’s time to make way for DJ Destruction! 😊


What other events can you/do you do?

CARINA: There are two sides to Dreamwave Events;  Dreamwave DJ’s and Dreamwave Lighting.  And we can cater for anything from an intimate private function to a huge corporate gala!  Our specialist team is experienced and knowledgeable.  I have already talked about our DJ side thoroughly – but our custom lighting and sound production is fully equipped to deliver design and concept installation of the highest quality.

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Image - Dreamwave Events

Meet The Experts: Pro Event Hire

Powered mostly by tea, fast food and the desire to create cool stuff wherever we go.
— CHARLIE, Pro Event Hire


From lighting to set design to corporate functions, Cambridge-based event experts Pro Event Hire, are able to help create the event that you are dreaming of!

As one of our recommended suppliers here at the Granary Estates, we are always excited to welcome the team back to the venue, whether they are setting up staging for our next runway event or providing the entertainment for one of our newlywed couples, it’s always a pleasure! :)

We spoke with Charlie, Director at Pro Event Hire, to find out more about what they do, the new products they have stocked for 2019 and what they have lined up for the rest of the year… over to you PEH team!

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Hi Pro Event Hire! Tell us a bit about yourselves…

Hey GGs! So Pro Event Hire, doesn’t really give much away does it? In a nut shell, we do lights and stuff. We are the technical people behind the scenes that make events look and sound awesome. All aspects of staging, lighting, audio and visual we’ve got you covered.

We are a small team of friendly, creative people that I couldn’t live without! Powered mostly by tea, fast food and the desire to create cool stuff wherever we go.

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I have over 14 years’ experience in the events industry, working as a full-time club DJ for many years whilst starting Pro Disco Hire which soon evolved into Pro Event Hire which I now concentrate on full time.

Most of my time is spent meeting with clients and discussing their vision, or out on site creating it! Lucy takes care of all of the day to day running of the business and she will most likely be the person you speak to when you contact us.

How long have you been in the industry and how has the company grown in the past few years?

We are coming into our 9th year of trading this year. Growth in the last few years has been quite fast, we have become a limited company and taken on members of staff. Not bad from a young lad who used to stuff his Ford Fiesta full of equipment for gigs (don’t worry, I have a fleet of vans now).

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What’s the best thing about your job and what you do?

Definitely the variety of what we do. No day is the same and we are always working on different projects with different styles. We love couples that think out of the box with their planning and want to do something a bit crazy and different.

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If you could give a piece of advice to your couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

Don’t be scared to do what YOU want to do. Don’t feel pressured by traditions or what you feel should be done. At my wedding, me and my ushers all wore box fresh trainers with our suits as I am a bit of a sneaker head. Make things personal to you.

How do you feel about being a Granary recommended supplier? Do you have a favourite memory with us here at the barns?

Cue smug face! It’s great to be recommended at such a popular venue. The girls are awesome and they always make sure the kettle is on for us.

My best memory is working with the team on the Style Edit. We worked with the Granary team from the concept of the fashion show through to the set design, music editing and producing voice overs. The Style Edit showcased what a versatile venue The Granary Estates can be. 

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How could you help with alternative events such as corporate seminars/exhibitions etc.?

Being a technical production company means we work on both weddings and corporate events regularly. We have provided AV solutions to venues as large as Ely cathedral with over 500 guests. 

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through this year?

Although I hate to admit it because I will sound really old, but social media wasn’t around when I started out! So, I think the biggest change is peoples access to ideas and the detailed view we are getting into other weddings. I think this has created the birth of a much more creative bride and groom, people are coming to us with elaborate plans, normally with a Pinterest board to match which makes things much more fun for us!

This year we are seeing a lot of colour and the more alternative look. Our new neon signs and light boxes are proving very popular and I think it’s going back to what I mentioned earlier about being brave and making it YOUR wedding. 

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And finally…what have you got lined up for the rest of 2019…?

We have just been booked to provide some equipment to Example on a couple of dates of his tour so super excited about that! Hoping to showcase some more of our lighting over at Granary Estates this year as I think a bit of neon could be the icing on a pretty awesome cake… or wedding…!

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The Granary Showcase 2019

Last weekend saw our January Showcase take place at The Granary Barns. At this time of year with lots of newly engaged couples on the search for their perfect venue, we love taking this opportunity to dress our barns and show the many different ways you can have your tables and venue styled.

With the help of our industry friends and Granary suppliers; Clare Jones, Tolly’s Flowers, Hall & Co. Event Design, Covers By Gill, CMA Hire and Cambridge Wedding Services, the barns looked stunning with wall to wall inspiration!

Here are a few snippets from the weekend - if you’re feeling inspired and would like to come and take a look around our barns too, please feel free to get in touch with our events team HERE :)

LINKS TO OUR SUPPLIERS BELOW

STYLING - The Granary Estates + Hall & Co. Event Design

FLOWERS + FOLIAGE - Clare Jones Floral Design, Tolly’s Flowers + Hall & Co. Event Design

CHAIR VIOLES + CANDELABRA - Covers By Gill

TABLEWARE + CROSSBACK CHAIRS - CMA Hire

DJ + DISCO - Cambridge Wedding Services

2019 Wedding Trends

As we get ready for our Showcase weekend and to meet those of you still searching for your perfect venue (exciting times!), it’s time to take a look at what trends are expected to be big this year in the wedding industry!

Looking back over the past 12 months, we saw many of the predicted trends of 2018 making their way to the barns. Flower installations, draped foliage, grazing stations and personalised signage were all popular with our couples last year and from looking at 2019 predicted trends, they look set to stick around for a bit longer :)

We have been looking at the wedding industries predicted trends for the coming year and are excited to see some of these make at the Granary Barns very soon! Let’s get those creative juices flowing…!

 

FLOWERS & FOLIAGE

Peonies - such a delicate, beautiful bloom and one which is going to be bang on trend this year. Whether its used in a bountiful bouquet or as part of your centrepieces, this is a flower which will be seen a lot during 2019 and we couldn’t be happier!

As with 2018, foliage will be a favourite this year and used in a variety of gorgeous ways. From hanging florals to table runners to food station decoration, greenery will be a great way to bring fresh, boho vibes to your big day.

Dried flowers, seeds and grass such as pampas are also predicted to be popular this year. If your someone who likes to be organised, this may be the trend for you as these arrangements will be easy to create and store with lots of time to spare, and can also be reused following the day, the perfect keepsakes to hand out to your nearest and dearest.

 

COLOUR POPS & PALETTE

Colour choices in your wedding styling can be a big decision. They can dictate the choice of flowers you can have through to what stationery will compliment your table… the most important thing is to choose what YOU like!

This years predicted colour palette consist of nudes, ice cream pastels and pops of coral. Colour blocking with a chosen colour will be a key trend to ensure bold statements and a flowing aesthetic throughout your venue styling.

 

DRESSED TO IMPRESS

With two royal weddings in 2018, it was clear that this years bridal wear was going to have been influenced by ‘The Megan Effect’. Simple, elegant gowns are the popular choice following the May nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and we are big fans! With additional features such as oversized bows or deep pockets, this seasons newest trend won’t be for everyone but is a statement piece for those who prefer the clean, minimal look.

Three piece suits are back on trend and are sure to make you and your groomsmen feel special on the big day. By mixing textures and patterns or adding a dazzling pocket watch, you can really make your suit personal to you. As always, the addition of a pocket square or button-holes can help to bring in the flowers and tie in the wedding styling for that finishing touch.

Bronzed and brushed metal cutlery are also on this years most desirable pieces of tableware so keep an eye out for these! Wedding stationery is something which is a personal choice, some put a lot of thought into this whilst others decide not to have any at all! If you are a stationery lover (like us), minimal designs and pastel shades of card are predicted to be a hit this summer.

 

VENUES + STYLING

The wedding industry has seen a growth in more diverse and interesting venues over the past few years, with barns, historic and industrial spaces proving very popular. This year, ‘bringing the outdoors in’ will continue to be a prominent theme, contrasting clean, modern lines with the outdoors and nature.

 

FOOD & DRINK

Much like in 2018, as couples are getting more creative with their big day, so has the food options available to them. Three course meals, barbecues, food stalls, sharing platters - the list of options available is at its most varied and we find that couples are taking more control of what they would like served to their loved ones.

For 2019, grazing stations, sharer boards and comfort foods (like mac’n’cheese, sausage & mash) are all looking to be very popular and we cant wait to see what our catering teams cook up during the next 12 months! YUM!

BUT THE THING TO REMEMBER IS….

Every wedding that is held here at The Granary Barns or at The Polo Club is unique. Even though every wedding season comes with many beautiful trends, our advice is always to go with your heart and make the day personal to you! Don't get caught up in spending too much money on things you don't really want (which is easy to do) and stick to your guns - it's YOUR day and we are here to make it special for YOU!

We hope you’re feeling inspired and ready for the year ahead… bring on 2019! x

I'm dreaming of a winter wedding...

We have seen many stunning weddings take place under our rustic, timber beams throughout December. The barns are filled with fairy lights, festive scents and taking centre stage is, of course, our 18ft Christmas tree (styled to perfection by Hall & Co.).

For those of you who love this time of year and dream of having a winter celebration, take a look at some of our previous weddings at the Granary Barns.

Fairy lights, sequin table cloths, snow inspired cakes, silver palettes, the glow of real candles and our roaring fit pit - subtle nods to the winter season and simple ways to enhance that festive feeling with your wedding styling.

Always a magical time of year, we LOVE a winter wedding and seeing couples celebrate with friends and family under our Christmas tree..…maybe this could be you next year? :)

The Granary Showcase 2018

Following the success of last year, we held our second Granary Showcase this month, putting our barn venue and a variety of styling options on display.

With the help of industry experts and suppliers we transformed the barns once again, allowing for newly-engaged couples or those still in search of their perfect venue, to come and take a look around our #weddinginspo showcase.

Take a look at some of the stunning set ups and floral creations that have been on display over the past few weeks, and we hope that they may provide some inspiration and insight in to our luxury wedding venue!

 

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA hire

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING & CENTREPIECES - The Granary Estates

SEQUIN TABLECLOTHS - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Tolly's Flowers

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Tolly's Flowers

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY DISPLAY - Eliza May Prints

PREMIUM LIGHT UP LETTERS - The Letter Hire People

WEDDING CAKE, BISCUITS & CUPCAKES - Bakerlicious Boutique

DJ & DISCO - Cambridge Weddings Services

Supplier Links

Hall & Co. Event Design

CMA Hire

Clare Jones Floral Design

Tolly's Flowers

Eliza May Prints

The Letter Hire People

Cambridge Wedding Services

Bakerlicious Boutique

 

If you are still looking for your perfect venue, give us a call! We'd love to show you around and answer any questions you may have! Get in touch via our CONTACTS page or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.

Happy Sunday :) The GG's x

Another year to remember!

As the end of 2017 fast approaches, we have had a chance to look back at yet another crazy, wonderful, fun-filled year at The Granary Estates!

Back in June we took the time to reminisce over some of the beautiful weddings that had already taken place at the barns, and now, we have compiled some more images of the latter six months of the year for you to take a look at. With beautiful images from some of our favourite photographers in the business, they capture many wonderful memories and moments from these very special days...

We'd like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have visited the barns over the past 12 months - we have loved every minute! To all of our newlyweds from 2017, we hope you enjoy your first NYE as Mr & Mrs, Mr & Mr and Mrs & Mrs! Another thank you to all of our suppliers, industry colleagues and work friends who have worked with us on yet another busy events filled year - we hope you all have a well earned and deserved break over the next few days. Bring on 2018!

Wishing you all a fantastic New Year - Cheers everyone!

The GG's x

VANYA & DAVID

10.06.17

Images by Ania Ames Photography

FREDDY & JAMES

27.07.17

Images by Peter Denness Photography

LIZZIE & GEOFF

03.08.17

Images by Stuart Deadman Photography

DAN & BECKY

05.08.17

Images by Peter Denness Photography