Monday, 1 April 2013

To colour scheme or not to colour scheme that is the question?

Hello Little Honey Bee's, 

I hope you are all well and have had a chocolate feast of an Easter! I have half  of my brain thinking about this blog and the other half listening to the creme egg that has sat on my dresser saying 'eat me, eat me!' I'm sure you understand ;-)  

Well I've been thinking lately about colour schemes. I have lots of brides tell me that they are having pink or sage green or purple but why do we need to spend hours of our time searching for that one colour in dresses, chair sashes, favors etc when there are ssooooo many pretty ones out there. Why do we have to have one colour scheme? 

Full of pretty pinks,
with blue, yellow,
white and green.

If you are looking for that vintage look then 
why not have a colour scheme that's 'anything pretty' or an array of subtle pastels that all look beautiful when combined. You shouldn't be worried about having lots of colours. Look at Cath Kidston's colours, don't they just look so lovely and she doesn't stick to one colour. 

One of my vintage brides asked me to handmade her chair sashes as she didn't want one colour throughout her wedding breakfast as she thought it is "too much pow and not enough gorgeous aarrr". The sashes warmed and softened the room with oranges, yellows, greens, blues and pinks with pretty lace to line the base. 

Take a look at Rustic Wedding Chic it is by far my favourite blogging site and you rarely see a one block colour wedding. It will inspire you with it endless photographs of amazing american weddings! 

So don't be scared to have your special day without a colour scheme. Everything will look so pretty when all pulled together to create a truly timeless English vintage affair.  

As part of Honey Bee's 1st birthday I want to give all vintage lovers a special gift of 15% off your booking this week (ending on 8th April). If you are interested drop me a line on my email address with reference HBVT0104 and I will zoom a quote back to you. 

Toodle pip little bees, that creme egg is shouting now and I just can't resist! 
Helen  from Honey Bee's x

Honey Bee's will be at 
The Vintage Chic Wedding Fair at The Malmasion Hotel, The Mailbox, Birmingham 
on 14th April!
Tickets are £5. Pop by for a lovely day of vintage inspiration!

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Honey Bee's First Flight into the Blogging World!

Hello all my Little Honey Bee's out there! I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and I hope it will be full of all things pretty and sparkly! 

Wow what a year it has been, this time last year I was head of PE in an Independent school and now I'm running my own business in the glorious world of events and weddings which I just adore! There is something about helping people bring something special and individual to their event that just makes me feel all warm inside :-) It especially makes me smile if they are hiring my vintage china. I enjoy picking the finest pieces from the Honey Bee's Collection as I get to see all my ladies again (apologies I call all my pieces the ladies!) and wonder about whose home they used to live in and what family used to drink from them. 

As many of you know my obsession with vintage china started with my own wedding to James aka Mr Honey Bee's and the fact that my mum and I just couldn't stop collecting it!! Isn't it just lovely that my wedding collection can make other people smile. My very first wedding fair was at The Bede House in Higham Ferrers, I remember not sleeping very well the night before as I was so nervous about what to say to people! Oh how things have changed I just LOVE wedding fairs now and its second nature to me to talk to all the gorgeous brides and grooms about all things VINTAGE! 

The Beautiful Kelmarsh Hall Wedding Showcase

The Princes Trust saw my passion for all things vintage and helped me write my first business plan (slightly daunting at first!) and I was successful with a small grant and I also have a wonderful mentor, Anne, who is always full of help and more importantly give positive vibes about Honey Bee's.  One of my highlights of the year was being invited to have a stand at The Prince's Trust Celebrating Success Awards at The Round House in Derby which was so lovely to meet lots of people that were so interested in Honey Bee's.
The Prince's Trust Celebrating Success Awards
The Round House Derby

In June I was lucky to be offered a photo shoot for Honey Bee's with our wedding photographer Nigel Ord Smith and jumped at the chance. I don't do things by halves so by the time it was the morning of the shoot I had my lovely friend Ali from Hobbits Vintage Creations (who make the most beautiful wedding accessories from vintage fabrics), Tom with his stunning vintage Chrysler, Elaine and her yummy cakes, Helen for make up, Ed on hair design, 7 models and not forgetting my chief roady my dad!! What an amazing day it was and when Nigel showed me the results the following week I was absolutely over the moon. I hope you think so too (lots more on Facebook!

In 2013 I'm spreading my bee wings and extending my Honey Bee Sparkle into the West Midlands and will be attending lots of wedding fairs all over the Midlands. 

My year is booking up fast but for all those lovely brides that are still looking to book Honey Bee's I have a special gift for you..... If you book and pay your deposit by 1st February I will deduct 15% from you quote. Just drop me an email via my website (mentioning my blog) for a quote or to arrange a meeting. 

Helen from Honey Bee's x

Honey Bee's Wedding Showcase dates:
13th January - Hothorpe Hall
2nd February - The Courtyard Hotel, Stanwick
10th February - Shearsby Bath
3rd March - The Raven, Corby 
10th March - Middleton Hall, Warwickshire