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Lily

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Lily

On the 10th July a furry bundle of mischief and joy came into our lives. It was two days before we were due to go to Glastonbury, with lots to sort out but after much umming and ahhing we decided to ‘Just go and have a look at a few puppies’… Our friend Robbie had arranged to get a puppy for his girlfriend Colleen’s Birthday and asked us if we wanted to get them from the same litter. Obviously it doesn’t take a genius to realise that when you go to look at a litter of six  7 week old cocker spaniel puppies you are likely to be taking one home. When we saw the puppies we instantly fell in love. The whole thing was meant to be top secret but somehow the cat (dog) was let out the bag at Glastonbury. Needless to say Colleen was very happy with her premature Birthday surprise. Lily (Black cocker) is our dog  and her sister, Winnie is Robbie and Coleen’s dog. We think they will be the best of friends as they get older and we already plan frequent play dates ( to tire them out for our benefit too!).When we collected Lily on the 10 July she howled all the way home. At times in the car i looked at my boyfriend Dan and wondered if we had made a horrible mistake. During the journey Lily managed to lock her jaw round the cage (I had no idea this would lead me to a name for her alter ego). As soon as Lily came into our house she made herself right at home; chewing plaster, bringing muddy balls in from the garden, even depositing snails all round the kitchen. I soon realised Lily became ‘Jaws’ when she got too excited, biting absolutely everything in her path, like the cutest but deadliest piranha snapping away. We soon realised that by having Lily in the studio with us as we worked at Top Table Design HQ she became our naughty little mascot. When she was sweet she would curl up around our office stairs, when she was Jaws she would make a bee line for any electrical cable in the near vicinity. Lily is a welcome addition to the household and to the Top Table Design team, even if she can be fairly naughty at...

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10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding

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10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding

One thing I wanted to do when planning our wedding was to try and remain as laid back as possible throughout, OK so I probably didn’t always achieve this, and I’m sure friends, family and my now husband would definitely tell you otherwise, but I did try. With this in mind and with the wonderful advantage of hindsight I began writing a list, I’m revisiting it today to add some extra tips that I hope those of you starting your wedding plans will find useful. These are mine but please feel free to share yours! 1) One thing at a time but start big… Write your to do list down to the small things, but pick off all the big tasks to start with to get them out the way, these are usually the ones that get booked up early on so best to just bite the bullet and get them done soon as possible. Think: venue, band, photographer and florist. 2) A little help from your friends Calling all talented and creative people! Think about the people around you and their particular skill sets. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, ask them for their help instead of giving you wedding gifts. It was our talented friends and family that made our day special, for example our wedding stationery designed by Deva and the beautiful brownie favours baked to perfection by our friend Kat. 3) Get to grips with the budget Set a budget as early on as possible and then try your best to stick to it. Yes this is easier said than done, but having an idea of what you want to spend on each item from the beginning can really help keep you on track. Write it down so you can keep yourself in check as you go. 4) Pin it Don’t underestimate the power of the mood board, getting an idea of both your likes and dislikes early on can help you make crucial decisions about your wedding day. Get yourself acquainted with Pinterest or go old school with magazine clippings and an old scrap book. Whatever way you decide to do it, I assure you it will be well worth investing the time. 5) You’re not alone Stop trying to do everything yourself, not always easy when you know what you want done and it’s sometimes easier to do it yourself. However try taking out a couple of the smaller tasks that others i.e.: your partner can do. Or if someone asks if they can help you will have a few things in mind that you don’t mind handing over the control of. 6) Suppliers you can trust It’s so important to work with trust worthy suppliers, if they’ve come as a recommendation from a friend then this is a big help, but if you’re not sure ask yourself a couple of questions before you say yes; Do they have good reviews? Are they easy to get on with? Have they returned my call/ email promptly? Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure of anything, most wedding suppliers are very helpful so if you find you don’t get this response then you might want to keep looking. 7) Informative Invites Have to get this one in here 😉 nothing to do...

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Summer Wedding Inspiration

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Summer Wedding Inspiration

This stunning weather over the weekend has got us in a very summery mood, although yes we are getting slightly ahead of ourselves with it only being April! However we thought we’d make the most of the sun and create some summer wedding inspiration for all you lovely brides and grooms planning your summer weddings. Here’s a little selection of pics from our sunny photo shoot, with many thanks to our friends Kat Halliday and Ellie Jackson on baking these delicious lemon macaroons and cute vanilla cupcakes, which trust me taste as good as they look (goodbye diet…again!) Sweet treats are such a wonderful idea for wedding favours or can be displayed on a sweet cart or table for your guests to enjoy. Macaroons in particular are so versatile, with a multitude of flavour combinations both sweet and savoury and colour choices to tie in with any wedding theme. Enjoy x     ...

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Charlie and Jeff

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Charlie and Jeff

Our latest project is for this fabulously, fun and vibrant couple and it has been an absolute pleasure designing their stationery for them. Having just got back from travelling and living away from home for many years, this down to earth pair are all about their family and friends, and bringing everyone together is without doubt the most important thing to them. Although that’s not to say anything has been overlooked when it comes to the details because these two have a beautiful wedding day planned with some stunning finishing touches. Their wedding day is to be styled in a vintage romantic theme, using a combination of gold, pinks, whites and blues.  Their centrepieces will use a miss match of flowers, candles and charming vintage tea cups and pots with flowers flowing from them. For favours they have pretty jam jars filled with sweeties. The bridesmaids will be wearing floor skimming, silk sky blue dresses and the boys will be looking sharp in their navy blue suits. They’ve also chosen a cream campervan photo booth for the day, to capture those memorable and hilarious moments. Love this idea and works even better when the drinks are flowing (and I have a feeling they will be 😉       To compliment their theme we pulled together elements from their wedding day mood board.     The campervan was something they were keen to feature, but they still wanted to keep the design quite simple and appealing to the guys and girls…And here’s the result!   Wishing you all the best Charlie and Jeff from the Top Table Design girls xx       Credits: Sweetie Jars: http://www.pompandceremonyplanning.co.uk/portfolio.html Gold Table Number Frames: via weddingchicks : http://www.weddingchicks.com/2013/06/27/the-inn-at-rancho-santa-fe/ Flowers Top Right: http://www.greenparlour.com/ Flowers In Teacup: http://thecottagemarket.com/2013/07/upcycled-teacup-projects.html Campervan: Photo via Pinterest Blue Teapot: via Junebug Weddings: http://junebugweddings.com/wedding-blog/favorite-posts-from-2012-english-garden-inspired-wedding-flowers/ Photography by: http://www.dominiquebader.com/...

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Spring has Sprung

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Spring has Sprung

Here at Top Table Design we love seeing the transition of proper Seasons. These seasonal variations impact on design trends as well. The colours and subject matter inspired from nature can conjure up many ideas for a wedding theme. With Spring, comes the introduction of bright vibrant hues, like nature suddenly awakening from the long winter slumber. We found this quote from Robin Williams which, to us, sums up Spring. A jovial celebration of colour and beautiful flowers that have been excitedly waiting to bloom with the arrival of the sun. With the help of nature and the arrival of a new season we made some mood boards that inspire Spring themed weddings. Sometimes the best inspiration comes from nature. Credits Spring Bouquet – Asya Photography Head piece – AmoreBride, Etsy Bridesmaid dresses- Tania Olsen Designs ‘Latitia’ bridesmaid dress bike – Beca Companioni Photography Cake – Frances Quinn Button Holes – wool by Hayford & Rhodes Little Birdcages – homemydesign.com Nude wedding dress – Martina Liana Spring 2015 Tulip Centrepieces –...

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Tom and Vicky

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Tom and Vicky

We love our arts and crafts at Top Table Design, so we were thrilled to receive a bespoke request from this gorgeous couple. They have a Lime and Lilac wedding theme and wanted something hand made from their wedding stationery. We used the card and ribbon to tie in the colour and they wanted to incorporate these pretty diamanté buckles to add a little sparkle! It was so much fun putting these together, here’s how we did it… Firstly we designed the invitation, once this was completed and approved by Tom and Vicky we sent off to be printed on some lovely textured card. We’d sourced our materials; ribbon, diamantés and card. And then got sticking! Once the invites were stuck down to the card, some pressing action was required. Using the best equipment in the business (my cook books) Then to add the ribbon and Diamanté buckles and hey presto! All done and ready to go. Wishing Tom and Vicky the best day and a very happy life together xx   ...

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Food Pun Cards

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Food Pun Cards

Happy Friday! We have had loads of fun this week coming up with a new range of cards featuring food based puns. Here’s a few for starters, more to come and will be available to buy on the website very soon. Get involved by sharing your best food pun. Like us on Facebook and join in on the food pun post, winner will have their pun designed into the card range and some freebies from the range sent out to...

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Wedding Trends 2015 – Rose Gold

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Wedding Trends 2015 – Rose Gold

Rose gold looks set to be a big trend in 2015, add an extra sparkle to your wedding day with this fabulous colour scheme. For true glitz and glamour incorporate this palette into the table décor with sequin rose gold table cloths, cutlery and gold trimmed champagne flutes. Contrast with soft pastel shades of hydrangeas and peonies and bring in variations of the colours into the bridesmaid dresses, shoes and jewellery.   Credits: http://elisabricker.com/blog/?category=WEDDINGS – Shoes http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/picture/1564136/ – Bridesmaid dress http://liveyourdreamsxo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/review-limited-editon-mac-making-pretty.html – Mac lipstic http://www.ktmerry.com/ – Ring https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/180007930/rose-gold-sequin-table-runner-12-x-108?ref=market – Cutlery http://stamatellosphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/prettiest-thing.html – Macaroons http://www.rock-designs.com/top-30-incredible-wedding-table-arrangements/ – Table decor            ...

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Wedding Planning

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Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning – 5 Ways to Stay Sane! Choosing what to write for our very first blog on our shiny new website was a little daunting, so I thought what better way to start than to write about my own wedding planning experience and hopefully share with you a few helpful tips along the way. As a project manager of a web design company at the time, I’d imagined planning our wedding to be a breeze; I’d treat it like any other project, I would have numerous spreadsheets, to do lists, mood boards, and project plans! And this is precisely what I did. I also bombarded my fiancé with questions as he would walk through the door from work each day, various colour charts thrust into his face, numerous YouTube videos of wedding bands played to him while he was eating his dinner and many of my hair brained and impractical ideas shared with him just as he was about to drop off to sleep. After a few weeks of this, lots of strange sideways glances and exasperated looks of ‘oh my god here she goes again’, I realised I needed to chill out! I didn’t want to become THAT bride. I was starting to find it stressful and I wanted to enjoy it, so I took a few steps back, a few deep breaths and then did the following…in a totally laid-back and chilled out kind of way of course 😉   1) One thing at a time but start big! Write your to do list down to the small things, but pick off all the big tasks to start with to get them out the way, these are usually the ones that get booked up early on so best to just bite the bullet and get them done soon as possible. Think: venue, band, photographer and florist. Once these are sorted you’ll feel much better. 2) A little help from your friends Calling all talented and creative people! Think about the people around you and their particular skill sets. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, ask them for their help instead of giving you wedding gifts. It was our talented friends and family that made our day special, for example our wedding stationery designed by Deva and the beautiful brownie favours baked to perfection by our friend Kat. 3) Get to grips with the budget Set a budget as early on as possible and then try your best to stick to it. Yep this is easier said than done, but having an idea of what you want to spend on each item from the beginning can really help keep you on track. Write it down so you can keep yourself in check as you go. 4) Pin it Don’t underestimate the power of the mood board, getting an idea of both your likes and dislikes early on can help you make crucial decisions about your wedding day. Get yourself acquainted with pinterest or go old school with magazine clippings and an old scrap book. Whatever way you decide to do it, I assure you it will be well worth investing the time. 5) Enjoy it! Ok so it’s highly likely that one of you will be slightly keener on the wedding planning than the other (possibly you reading...

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