Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Shropshire Wedding Venues

I am constantly inundated with excited couples trying to find their perfect wedding venue. It seems they come to me as I throw the style of wedding they want and tend to work in the style of venue that they are sniffing out.

Festival style, vintage, rustic, quirky weddings can of course be held in your average manor house, castle or stately home but the people who come to me often want something a little different and usually with a different budget in mind.

So here are my top 5 Quirky Shropshire Wedding Venues. Some without pictures as we like to keep them secret, but come through me and we can go and view them!

1. A field over looking Wenlock Edge! You can have the full festival wedding experience, set up a yurt such as Henry's gorgeous Yurts or how about a Stretch Tent from Contact me for further details tell Will Ruth sent you!

2. The Sun Inn at Leintwardine. Not strictly in Shropshire, just over the border in Herefordshire but very close to Ludlow and all that delicious foodie-ness. Rustic, parlous pub. Original flagstone floor, original wallpaper. Large eco-build extension on the back and vintage furniture. Oh yes and fantastic real ale! for further details

Festoon co-ordinates weddings at The Sun.

3. Wistanstow Village Hall. The largest village hall in the country apparently and it really is gorgeous. It includes a small field over looking incredible countryside, lots of parking and beautiful woodwork inside.

From Rock My Wedding
4. Wilderhope Manor is actually a youth hostel but has recently had a refurb and is now a brilliant combination of grand yet rustic. Remote enough to have a big knees up with gorgeous grounds and accomodation for guests on site yet close to Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth. Tents can also be erected outside.

Contact Wilderhope on 08453719149 or
5. A brand new use for a very old barn. Potiphar's Barn in Munslow is suitable for private dining, exhibitions and now for weddings with a custom made canopy extending the space out into the farmyard. Marvelously eccentric owners to top it off - you can hold something very magical here!

Available with or without ducks.    

Festoon provides hire items to make your wedding or event a gorgeous one. Festoon lights, fairy lights, vintage crockery, vintage vases, vintage jars & bottles, wood blocks, Ale bar, Gin bar, hog roast and much more. 
Ruth x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Sun Inn Wedding Fair.

Do you know why I love my job? Well, there are lots of reasons but launching a venue is made fantastic by all the brilliant Wedding Vendors Festoon endorses. I only ask people to exhibit whom I would use personally and crucially they must be cheerful, happy folk! No moody wedding fair exhibitors here, only those willing to have a 'Smile Off' (as coined by the lovely Claire of Waterbaby Flowers)!

So, as ever, the launch of The Sun Inn Leintwardine as a Wedding and Party venue last Sunday was a cheery affair. The beautiful pub is such a cool place to hold a wedding with original 50's wallpaper in the Victorian parlour and an eco build extension on the back that can seat up to 70 guests on long wooden tables. Up to 100 can be seated in the lovely herb garden under a funky marquee from local chap Rob. Although we are not yet licensed for weddings you could have a Celebrant host your own beautifully crafted ceremony with Awen Clement of Wild Magpie (

The pub has been voted Sawday's Authentic Pub of the Year 2014, which is quite an accolade coming from the highly regarded

The aim of the day was to show locals and guests how the pub may look and function as a Wedding Venue. We had one of the three long trestle tables set up as it may look to seat wedding guests; a Photo Booth in the front parlour room from That Photo Booth Company using the Pub's wallpaper as a backdrop, Omie the make up artist making everyone look beautiful as they walked in, Dresses from award winning The Looking Glass, Bridgnorth, a delicious Hog Roast (available through myself at Festoon), Stationary by the lovely Sam Brett Atkin, and lots of great music from Portlights and Boomdogz. Not to mention these beautiful photos from the super talented Andy Li!

That Photo Booth Company

That Photo Booth Company

Naked Cake available through Festoon

Festoon's decor, all available as part of a package at The Sun

Omie's fab Make Up

Sam Brett Atkin Art


 The brilliant Leintwardine locals Boomdogz

Ruth x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Vintage Pub Weddings!

The beautiful Sun Inn at Leintwardine has been taken over by a local man with some serious vision and passion for authentic, real ale pubs. Steve Illidge is the landlord at Dolphin in Shrewsbury and also the Black Boy in Bridgnorth and is bringing them back to life. The Sun Inn is his third and it has been whispered his big passion. Alistair Sawday has awarded The Sun it's 'Authentic Pub of the Year' award 2014, and once you step inside you will see why.

Faded original vintage wallpaper, wobbly stone floors, a Victorian parlour and a grade 1 listed parlour room that makes The Sun one of the last original parlour pubs in the UK, it looks like no one has set foot in it since the 60's.

Festoon was over the moon when Steve approached us to decorate and bring even more vintage charm into the already fantastic space. So underway is a little project bringing more original furniture, some upcycled pieces, a splash of colour and just a little more love to The Sun.

Festoon appears to be right at home as we will also be launching the pub's new(ish) eco build extension as a wedding and party venue. Think real ale, hog roast, vintage tea parties, bunting, wild flowers and traditional little weddings at great prices. Sunday 16th November 12 till 4 we are having an open day to show off The Sun at it's most lively. Festoon will be decorating the space as a wedding may look, cake & tea will be served on vintage china, Andy Li will be our roaming photographer, a photo booth by That Photobooth Company will be using the vintage wallpaper as a backdrop and Omie Megan Wedding make up artist will be providing free make overs to all! It's going to be a good one!

For any enquiries about using The Sun Inn at Leintwardine as a Wedding venue do contact me

Big Love x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Wyldwood Woodland Weddings!

You have no idea how excited I am about this one!! An incredible new project between myself and Wyldwoods near Broseley, Shropshire, means the fashion for woodland weddings is not going to leave Shropshire behind. I'll let the photos do the talking...

See what I mean?? Oh yes, and press release details..

Two eco-friendly Shropshire businesses have teamed up to provide bespoke woodland weddings for couples looking to add a more rustic feel to their big day.

To  celebrate the new partnership between Branching Out and Festoon an official launch party and wedding fayre is being held on Sunday July 27 2014 to explore the beautiful woodland venue at Dean Corner, Broseley.

Steph Brett and Julian Evans set up their business venture Branching Out at Wyldwoods last year to develop greater use of the three acre site, which also includes a Mongolian yurt, converted barn, catering facilities, toilets and paddock area for weddings, parties, events and other private functions.

They have been searching for some time for an event planner to help turn people’s wedding and party dreams into reality. A recent serendipitous meeting with Ruth Tilley of Festoon revealed a match made in heaven.

Ms Brett said: “We are so excited to be working with Ruth. She shares the same passion for all things beautiful, rural, vintage and rustic.

“The businesses are a perfect match and we are sure those looking for something ‘a bit different’ for their celebration will be blown away with Ruth’s magical touches and our beautiful venue. Ruth and her team can make any event extra special.

“Ruth and Festoon have the ability to transform spaces and create a unique range of different looks. She is truly gifted and will be on hand to help coordinate weddings and other private functions here at Wyldwoods, so anyone can celebrate in style.”

The wedding fayre and launch party will take place between 2pm and 5pm and will be an opportunity to explore the site at Dean Corner and talk to Ms Tilley about celebration ideas.

“This will be the first time ever that we have held an event like this and it will be the official launch of Branching Out at Wyldwoods as an exciting alternative wedding and event venue,” said Ms Brett.

“We know how important and what a big decision it is to choose the right place for special celebrations and we hope everyone will come and have a look at what we have to offer.”
Ms Tilley, who previously owned a vintage clothes shop, set up Festoon 2 years ago.

Now specialising in foraged flowers, hand made decorations, unique event styling and decoration she believes woodland weddings will be a real hit in 2015.

“People are getting a bit bored with weddings in a barn and are looking for something a bit more unusual and quirky. For those, a rustic woodland wedding  could be the perfect solution.

“The yurt at Dean Corner is an ideal ready-made honeymoon suite, the converted stables make a perfect area for a buffet or bar and there is plenty of space to put up marquees, bell tents, tipis or large yurts.

“People can really let their imaginations run free and we will do all the hard work to make sure their dream day becomes reality.”

For further information about Branching Out at Wyldwoods visit the website at and for more details on Festoon visit


Ruth x

Sunday, 29 June 2014

A Very Scottish Affair

Brilliant family friend and super hot-shot big-wig at River Island Gemma Rehill & adorable husband Graham had a beautifully moving wedding on the shore of Loch Lomond. Festoon was asked to decorate and here are some of the pictures. What a joyful day.

Festoon has many of the items seen here to hire, we can also put together styling and decorating packages to suit you.

Ruth x

Monday, 2 June 2014

A May Gardenwarming Party by Festoon

Festoon decorated and hosted a Gardenwarming party on a (mostly) sunny bank holiday Sunday. Rustic foraged flowers and most of Festoon's vintage hire items were utilised to give a relaxed yet pretty look against the scrubbed barn backdrop. Oh, and check out the ice cubes frozen with lemon, mint, raspberries & edible flowers - gorgeous!