Mrs Tea recently supplied crockery and bunting for a vintage-themed wedding at a local vineyard in south Wales. Here’s what lovely bride Hannah had to say…
On a sunny late August day my boyfriend of nine years and I got married in a vineyard just outside Cowbridge in South Wales.
We wanted a relaxed and informal feel to the day and, with the ceremony taking place in a barn overlooking the vines and the after-party being held in a marquee in the next door field, we opted for a vintage country theme.
As the surroundings were so beautiful with expanses of vines, rolling Welsh hills and fresh flowers growing throughout the grounds we kept the decorations minimal sticking to the obligatory bunting, wicker hearts and tea lights in jam jars and waxed-paper bags. We chose a traditional style marquee with fairy lights twisted around the central wooden posts and guests sat at long trestle tables on wooden folding chairs.
Table decorations were kept simple with white table cloths and country flowers placed in mis-matched jugs and vases. As a keen baker I chose to make favours for the guests and spent the weeks before the wedding making a variety of chocolate truffles and macaroons which were frozen until the day before the wedding. Keeping with the country style theme I was keen to lay these out on the tables in vintage crockery with the truffles piled into teacups and the macaroons placed on side plates.
I initially assumed that crockery and china of this kind would be easy and cheap to come by and a few months before the big day I started to visit local charity shops and jumble-sales. It turns out I was very wrong. The vast majority of crockery for sale was of the wrong style and design, and the odd suitable items that I did find turned out to be quite pricey. Despite only needing a relatively small number of items (one cup, saucer and side plate per table) I soon realised that sourcing the items myself was not going to be possible, unless I bought them all new and spent a small fortune on items I was only going to use once. This was when Mrs Tea came to the rescue!
I had first come across her business at a local wedding fair which I attended with a friend. Hiring out vintage, country-style teacups, saucers, plates, bowls jugs and everything else you would need for a tea party (which she had sourced for her wedding) she had the perfect selection of items to choose from at a fraction of the price of buying them from charity shops, with the added bonus that I wouldn’t be left with crates of crockery to store after the wedding.
Having picked up a business card at the wedding fair I contacted Mrs Tea through Facebook to check availability and make arrangements. When I went to collect the items two weeks before the wedding she had laid everything out and left me to choose which pieces I wanted. When I realised that I was also in need of a few additional items such as some larger plates and cake knives she was more than happy to show me her selection of those too. The ability to choose from a wide selection of items for such a reasonable price was also invaluable at a time when I had a to-do list as long as my arm.
Laid out of the tables on the day, the crockery looked lovely and displayed the favours beautifully, tying in with the rest of table and the decorations perfectly. Many of the wedding guests commented on how lovely the items were and, for me, they really did complete the vintage country theme I was looking for.
I would certainly use Mrs Tea again for future occasions such as an afternoon tea, garden party or baby shower.