Staffordshire Wedding Stylist
Wedding and Event Styling Bespoke for You
In Staffordshire and the Midlands, you really are spoilt for choice with fabulous venue stylists for your wedding. From small outfits to huge events companies, but one of the best is definitely Bespoke Creations!
I’ve known Melissa from Bespoke Creations and her parents for quite a few years now from working together on weddings and sitting down a few weeks ago, it was wonderful to realise how our feelings and approach to our clients are so similar!
Melissa started Bespoke Creations at the grand age of eighteen following the ‘wedding bug’ biting whilst she worked at Weston Hall.
Seeing how weddings came together in one of the regions top wedding venues helped Melissa to develop an understanding of how everything worked but more importantly allowed her to see the problems too:
“There didn’t seem to be a structure with suppliers that came to us, so I would have a lot of lists of names for individual services that I thought could do with being one service. We’d have chair cover people that would arrive, centrepiece people, people that would bring stationery and although they’re all amazing at their job, from an event planners point of view it was chaos it because sometimes they’d all turn off at the same time! So in my head, I kept thinking there’s not a company that did it all, where you have one contact name and the bride would just tell them their requirements.”
From there the idea grew into a business, and with an investment in decor, Bespoke Creations was born!
Stafford Wedding Decor
With the business established, Melissa’s parents came on board. With the difference in age and approach, it actually brings a huge strength to Bespoke Creations, from the wedding fairs to the day itself:
“Mom joined the business and we sent her on courses for floristry because she’d already got an eye for detail with that kind of thing. After my dad parted with his last football club just over two years ago, we weren’t going to let him retire when there’s so much work, so he joined too.”
I think it’s really interesting here too how someone who spent his life in professional sport and as a footballer, would fit so perfectly into the world of weddings:
“He’d never known anything different from football, and I never really thought if somebody had said to me years ago he would be a part of it.
I thought would it work because when a woman thinks ‘does he know what he’s doing?’, but it really works!
At wedding fairs sometimes the men come along and we all know secretly a little bit bored, and he’s got that natural persona about him to start chatting to the blokes, and he loves all kinds of sports anyway, and I love that the fact that when we’re doing wedding exhibitions, or fairs or whatever there’s somebody for everybody!”
This, as I’ve said, is one of the huge strengths of Bespoke Creations. You have Melissa who is very current, but with Cheryl (Melissa’s Mom) appealing to a slightly older bride, and Mark looking after the boys, you really have the perfect team!
Stafford Wedding Styling from Bespoke Creations
Much the same as I, Melissa loves the connection she develops with her couples, from the initial meeting, throughout the wedding process.
“You can chat to people over the phone, but it’s just nice to create a connection with them so that they can really see what we’re about. We can find out more about someone when you are face to face. I like when you start the show them through the albums I can instantly tell when to veer onto a different design or style, because that although they’ll go ‘that’s nice’, I can just instantly tell that it’s not for them!”
It’s using this understanding and experience, that really helps to ensure your wedding styling is not only perfect but perfect for you!
With so many avenues for inspiration when you are planning your wedding, from magazines to wedding blogs, from the UK and abroad, the ideas you can generate can be quite overwhelming. However, it’s always really important, to be honest, and realistic with your venue stylist.
Whether it’s tweaking the ideas you come up with, or indeed helping to guide on complete changes, the experience of the team at Bespoke Creations will help make your day perfect!
“There’s always different things you can do to tweak what they’re seeing to match their ideas. I don’t like to recreate from a photo and say we’re going to do identical to that. I like to make it personal to the couple. That’s where the magic really does come in when couples just put their own stamp on a wedding day, and they don’t try and just do something because they feel like there should.”
With the freedom to be creative and make your day truly unique, it sets the ideas and creativity of a team like Bespoke Creations alive!!
I also love how just like me, Mel loves finding out about the story behind you guys too!!
“I love meeting new people, so literally sometimes during a meeting, I’m ‘oh gosh, we’re here for a wedding appointment here!’ But I think that’s nice, it good to build that rapport with your clients, so then it makes it not work.”
Wedding Services Available from Bespoke Creations
From wedding planning, venue styling, fresh flowers, bringing in the perfect suppliers for your day and now even mobile bars, the team at Bespoke Creations really can bring together something wonderful for your wedding!
With the experience of Melissa and the team in running events, if you are at a venue such as Ingestre Hall or Brocton Hall, having the support and guidance to not only help with the planning but also the running of the wedding day, it really makes such a difference:
” I can literally go in and I can sort the whole thing for my couple. With a few venues where they are a bit DIY, where you pretty much hire it, and then you bring your own catering, you need to control it, and putting that on the couple is too much.
With somebody like ourselves as an event planner there on the day, it just makes it run so much more smoothly.”
Something that is oh-so-important on the wedding day – as controlling timings is vital too!
With the venue styling, from your stationery to the flowers, to backdrops and complete decoration, you really are covered!
“Starting from your invitations, which then follows through to table plans, the place name cards. We start with save the dates, and ensure everything is styled to match perfectly! Then we do chair covers and sashes, centrepieces, starlit backdrops, fresh bay trees, everything you could imagine really – there’s not much that we don’t do decor wise. We even have custom-made sashes to match it with bridesmaid dresses. That’s the extent will go to.”
As a growing company, Bespoke Creations can provide almost anything you can think of for your wedding decor!
I strongly believe that building relationships is so important when you are planning your wedding, from feeling confident and comfortable, but also to ensure your vision is completely carried out!
“The beauty of what we do is you always deal with the same person, so whoever you meet and connect with, you keep them throughout, so you don’t have to keep explaining yourself to different people. Building one relationship for everything.”
The Wedding Day with Bespoke Creations
Talking to Melissa about the wedding day, I love how the excitement and passion really started to show through!!
“The first thing I’ll do just go pop and see the bride as soon as we arrived, as the team start getting the room ready. I’ll pop up see the bride and make sure she’s happy, take her bouquets up, and then we always take them down and make sure they’re in an air-conditioned room!”
Such top advice here – you need to look after those flowers!!
“One thing I would recommend, whoever does supply your flowers, if they’re brought to you early in the morning, try to keep them somewhere cool – the room where you’re all getting ready with the hair dryers on, it’s just not ideal conditions for flowers.”
From the flowers, it’s all about the room, and with Melissa getting her hands to work too, they transform the venue to look immaculate, and ready for the bride to see the room before the guests arrive:
“I love the reveal of the room, getting to share that bit of excitement with them. It’s amazing. It is what it’s about because you know that you’ve hit the nail on the head then for them!”
Wedding Planning Advice from Bespoke Creations
One of the features I’ve loved about these Supplier Features has been picking the brains of those I interview, for their top pieces of advice to help you when you are planning your wedding.
Upon asking Melissa for her top planning tip, there was no hesitation – pick your venue first!
Afterall, it’s not until you’ve chosen your venue that you know the colours that will work, or indeed the amount of styling your venue requires also.
“It’s like chairs too – at Weston Hall, they’ve got the Chiavari chairs, so for me, don’t cover them, instead we have accessories to compliment them. But then the beauty of venues like the Moat House, you get the chair covers and sashes included, so obviously there you can pick whichever.”
However, another tip I brought up here came to hiring chairs to totally transform your venue!
I had the pleasure of photographing a gorgeous wedding last summer at The Moat House with Bespoke Creations, where rather than covering the chairs, Melissa hired in Chiavari chairs to the venue – and the look they created blew my mind. So don’t ever be afraid to ask something outside of the ordinary!
” I think it’s always not being afraid to ask to change things. When I do show rounds people say ‘oh you have to have the top table here’ or whatever. It’s from what they’ve been told and I think sometimes they misunderstand the way in which it’s been phrased them because naturally, that’s where they’ve always put the top table, but if you wanted something different don’t be afraid to ask – it’s your wedding day.”
Wedding Tips and Advice from Melissa
Whilst we were talking, Melissa shared so many great tips and advice to help when planning your wedding.
One of the first came with the gem of advice for naming your tables, rather than just numbering them – “which is a great one as rather than numbers, where sometimes people can categorise themselves on table numbers, instead of bringing in something about them. Whether it be that the groom proposed in a certain city, or they’ve been on special holidays together, and then it’s a nice talking point on the wedding day.”
When talking about the flowers, and how excited she gets visiting the Bride with the bouquets on the morning, Melissa also had this great piece of advice:
“One thing I would recommend, whoever does supply your flowers if they’re brought to you early in the morning, try to keep them somewhere cool – the room where you’re all getting ready with the hair dryers on, it’s just not ideal conditions for flowers.”
From choosing the venue, and indeed considering the styling that’s correct, Melissa’s next top tip came to the guest list.
“The guest list ultimately works out your budget for you. When you send the Save the Dates, or if you have an engagement party make sure the people you invite, are the people you want for your wedding too! Look at your guests this very carefully for your engagement party so that obviously then when it comes to sending the invites to the wedding, it makes that a little less complicated.”
I think this is a great piece of simple advice, that could certainly save any awkward situations with friends down the line too!!
Asking for recommendations when you’re bringing your wedding together is always so helpful – after all when planning your wedding you are often flying blind. Melissa agreed with me on this too:
“Oh gosh yes – absolutely! If you can go to a company that says to you these two or three companies are the ones to use, it’s so much easier because you go to wedding fairs, and it is literally like information overload! Everybody’s going to tell you the best, but I think generally if you connect with me you’ll connect with the people that I recommend because I think we’re all similar.”
A top budgeting tip that made me smile from Melissa actually came next:
“I have actually told my couples to cut their budget a little bit with the decor, to pay for a photographer, because I’m not saying that we’re less important than photography, but looking back after the day, the day goes so quickly you don’t always get the opportunity to see or to take in everything. You don’t get to see his face when he turns to look at you – and that’s one of the pictures that I always think, gosh that must be one that literally brings a tear to their eye when they see it!
Cut a little bit with us and have the perfect photographer because you don’t have to have the biggest centrepiece for your wedding to actually look really quite smart from us. So I think, an important tip for me, don’t skimp on a photographer!”
Obviously, I cannot disagree at all here – but I really think it’s being sensible with your budget, investing in your day in the most sensible way possible!
When I have my final meeting’s with my couples before the wedding, I often hear one of the biggest headaches can come from the table-plan – something that Melissa also picked up on as we talked:
“A lot of people come to me and say about tradition. ‘We’ve got a top table situation. Parents aren’t together, so we’ve got a lot of people to go on the top table. What do I do?’ I’d go with go with what you want to do! What’s going to make you feel happy? If the venue says to you, normally you only have about six or eight on the top table, if the room is there for you to extend your top table ask the question.
We’ve had so many weddings last year that just had all rounds and no top table – and they looked great!”
I had such a great time catching up with Melissa and just know that a visit to Bespoke Creations should be on your wedding plans!
If you wanted to see the full interview with Bespoke Creations, please see the video below:
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The featured wedding during this post with Bespoke Creations can be seen here: Kate & Tim’s Moat House Wedding.