Make your mark

Of all the different parts of your wedding, the wedding breakfast is probably the most customisable. Its a real opportunity to make your mark. People opften say to me that […]

Of all the different parts of your wedding, the wedding breakfast is probably the most customisable. Its a real opportunity to make your mark. People opften say to me that they want their day to be a bit different – this is your biggest chance i reckon.

  • You can really go to town with your colour scheme. Napkins to match the flowers. Seat covers to match the carpet. The options are pretty much endless and are really only constrained by taste and budget.
  • Seating plans, place names and table stationary are really popular ways of personalising the tables. There are loads of companies who will produce all the wedding breakfast stationary you might need. Menus, place names, table names etc…
  • Table names. I cant remember the last wedding i went to that featured numbered tables – that would be too easy. I have seen tables named after everything from ‘Spurs players from the 70s’ to ‘Beaches we’ve had sex on’ (yes, really!). At one wedding, the bride was a comedy writer so each table was named after a famous comedian or comedy show. The hat relevant to each commedian or show was then placed on each chair. People were reluctant to begin with but once they were full of wine they seemed less inhibited. See the photos below.
  • Place names. People are getting more and more crazy with this too. I saw a great one this summer. Each guest had a 10inch square piece of slate with their name written on in chalk. Little pots of chalk were casually left on the tables but nothing was said about it. Inevitably the pieces of slate were covered in graffiti chalk as the evening went on. See one the top-middle photo below!
  • Favours. Giving your guests a little gift each has become de rigeur these days. It used to be a little bag of sugared almonds or something but now the favours can resemble a goody bag from the oscars. One of my favourites was cigars for each boy and large candles for each girl a few years ago. Back then you could still smoke inside so after the meal all the boys lit their cigars and all the girls lit their candles and the whole room filled with smoke. brilliant! Pesronalised bottles of spirits, bags of sweets or a photo of each guest to indicate where they were sitting and without the guests knowing  – people get really stuck into this and why not?
  • Seat covers are a tricky one. They look great when the room is empty but you cant see them when everyone is sitting down. If you’re on a budget i dont think its worth it.
  • Marquees are the most customisable venues of all. I have seen red ones (a nightmare that made everyone look, well, red) and black ones (very dramatic but a bit, well, dark). I’ve seen no carpet (you’ve got to have something) and purple carpet (it looked great). The general rule is the more crazy the thign you want the more expensive it is.