Category: Wedding Planning

WIN: Dinner for Two at the Town Hall Hotel

We’re super excited to be bringing you a romantic giveaway with our friends over at the utterly gorgeous Town Hall Hotel & Apartments. We think Bethnal Green’s old town hall is the perfect location for your chic city wedding – whether you’re after contemporary urban glamour or fairytale magic, this unique venue can provide a stunning setting, fabulous food and all the support you need for a stress-free wedding.

Incredibly, every one of their rooms is licensed for marriage, so you can hold your ceremony and reception in whichever room takes your fancy – from the formal splendor of the Council Chamber to the elegance of Bethnal Hall or even the contemporary cutting edge design of the De Montfort Suite.

The De Montford Suite

Plus, with the amazing chefs at the Town Hall Hotel, you won’t have to worry about a bland buffet or an undercooked vegetable. Speaking of their excellent food, we’re big fans of the hotel’s beautiful Corner Room restaurant and we’re very excited to hear about the new menu from their brand new chef Craig Johnson, so we’re thrilled to be partnering up with the hotel to give away a romantic dinner for two at the Corner Room worth £75.

The Corner Room Restaurant

Want to be in with a chance of winning? Just head over to instagram and follow both of our pages, then tag two mates who would love this prize.


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Terms and Conditions:

To enter for your chance to win head to our instagram: 1. Follow both @patchwork_it and @townhallhotel 2. Tag 2 friends in the comments of the competition post on instagram. 1 winner. Ends midnight 17/5/18.

The Patchwork x Town Hall Hotel Collaboration instagram Competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 or over, excluding employees of the Promoter: Patchwork or their affiliate companies, their families, cohabitants, agents and anyone connected with the promotion. No purchase necessary. The winner must be available to travel to Bethnal Green in London on a date that suits you, any time before the 31/12/2018.

To enter, you must comment on the competition post and FOLLOW @patchwork_it and @townhallhotel so we can see your entry to the competition. The start date of the promotion is 9/5/2018. The closing date by which entries must be received is 17/5/2018 23.59pm.


There will be 1 winner ONLY. The winner will receive a meal for two worth £75 at the Corner Room restaurant, Town Hall Hotel. The prize is as stated, is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Should the original prize, or any part of it, become unavailable for any reason whatsoever, Patchwork may substitute a prize of comparable or greater value.

Winner Selection

The Free Prize Draw will be carried out on 18/5/2018. The prize-winner will be picked at random. The prize-winner will be announced on the @patchwork_it instagram on 18/5/2018. The winner will also be notified via direct message on instagram and email within 7 days of the Free Prize Draw. Should the prize-winner not respond to the email within 14 days, Patchwork reserves the right to allocate the prize to another entrant. The result of the Free Prize Draw is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


If Patchwork is unable to satisfy certain terms and conditions of this promotion due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control, they may modify such terms accordingly or, if necessary, suspend or discontinue the promotion. By entering the Free Prize Draw, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and that their names and counties of residence may be released if they win the prize. Entrants agree that Patchwork shall be entitled to use the entrants’ quotes in any publicity material. Promoter: Patchwork, 7b Harefield Road, Brockley, London, SE4 1LW

Most Curious Wedding Fair Competition

Hello and a big thank you to everyone we met at Most Curious Wedding Fair last weekend. Well done for braving the snow! And an extra thank you if you entered our competition to win £100 towards your wedding registry.

Big congratulations to Kelly Oakes. You won!

You have won £100 towards your patchwork. All you need to do to claim your prize is create your patchwork and get in touch!

Knot & Pop Giveaway: Win a Two Hour Consultation

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For couples with bigger budgets, hiring a wedding planner is something of a no brainer – they hook you up with the best suppliers, they get you the best deals, and they know exactly what you want and how to make it happen for you. But for the rest of us, it can seem like an expense we just can’t stretch to.

Well for couples on an average wedding budget there is now a brilliant way to tap into the insights, ideas and expert guidance that a wedding planner brings – Knot & Pop have launched K&P Consult, a service to kick start your wedding planning, for couples who need that initial steer in the right direction, or are in need of an SOS tailored session to help get you unstuck in any areas of worry.

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Susie Young, Founder of Knot & Pop. Photographed by

Here’s what Susie, Founder of Knot & Pop has to say:

“With so much to do and consider with weddings it can be a maze to meander. It’s no surprise that couples can easily become confused and overwhelmed, whether lost in the pretty of Pinterest or the balancing of the budget.

Having the right information and advice from the get-go will save you endless hours of research, allowing you to avoid disappointment and keep the stress at bay.

We’re totally flexible to your needs. Whether you need the consultation to address budget allocation, scheduling, unlocking your theme and scheme in a design session, offering supplier recommendations, or discussing venue options, we will share all of our intel and insights to get you on the fast track to plan your wedding like a pro.”

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We’re giving away a two hour consultation with K&P Consult (worth £200!) over on our instagram page so if you think this is perfect for you or know someone who would benefit from some expert advice, all you need to do is follow both Patchwork and Knot & Pop on instagram, then tag a friend in the comments of this instagram post. Ends next Thursday the 2nd of November. Good luck!

Full Ts&Cs here.

The Only Wedding Checklist You’ll Need – We Promise.

Wedding planning can feel a little bit overwhelming at times and that little niggling feeling of forgetting something can start to haunt you. Well don’t worry, we’ve come up with the ultimate wedding checklist, so that you can keep track of every little thing you need to do in the coming months. Sorted.

Newly engaged

+ Drink champagne/beer/apple juice and cheers to each other

+ Tell your loved ones, shout it from the rooftops if you like

+ Enjoy this time together – soak up all those warm fuzzy feels

+ Decide what kind of wedding you both want – what aspects of the day are most important to you? Try and start off on the same page

+ Decide if you want to elope – if so, ignore the rest of this list 

River Medlock Photography –

11- 12 months before your wedding:

+ Buy a wedding notebook, or just open a brand new Google doc for all of your planning needs

+ Make your wedding Pinterest board (and follow ours here) – it’s the most fun way to collect ideas (but don’t get overwhelmed by all the ‘stuff’)

+ Take a first stab at your guest list

+ Set your wedding budget (be realistic)

+ Pick a date!

+ Research venues, visit your favourites and book the one

+ Find your wedding photographer, set up a meeting and book them

9-10 months before your wedding

+ Choose your wedding party and ask them to do the honours

+ Start shopping for wedding outfits – don’t feel obliged to stick to wedding boutiques, there are plenty of other options around if you’re not keen

+ Decide what to do about food – plan self catering or book a caterer

+ Start making your wedding website if you’re having one (they are handy for your guests to see all information in one place!)

+ Have a think about what kind of cake you’d like (a 3 tier lemon cake or a ‘bake off’ style dessert table? The possibilities are endless..)

+ Design and send your save the dates

+ Research your wedding invitations

+ Decide what to do about music – are you going to hire a band/book a DJ or create your own playlist?

+ Make a honeymoon Pinterest board and follow ours here.

Dale Weeks –

5-7 months before your wedding

+ Ask a friend to be your wedding day MC – it will be super useful on the day to have someone telling everyone what’s happening and when

+ Book your DJ or band if you’ve gone down that route

+ Book your florist

+ Reserve hotel rooms for your wedding guests

+ Decide if you’re going to do your own hair and makeup, or if you’d like a professional to do it – research stylists in your area

+ If your wedding party are wearing suits, decide whether to rent or buy them

+ Have a think about wedding rings and decide on some styles

+ Schedule your hair and makeup trials – it’s a good idea to coincide these with your hen do so that you can give your look a proper trial run

+ Book your wedding night accommodation (unless you’re heading home, in which case buy some extra special bedding so you can have a blissful first lie-in as a married couple)

Babb Photo –

4 months before your wedding

+ Start your honeymoon fund or create your cash gift list with Patchwork

+ Check your passports – you’re going to need them to be up to date if you’re going abroad for your honeymoon

+ Buy your wedding rings

+ Book your wedding transportation if needed

3 months before your wedding

+ Send your wedding invitations, including a link to your Patchwork registry

+ If you need any dress fittings, get them scheduled in

Start any of your DIY jobs, invite friends round to help (ply them with wine)

2 months before your wedding

+ If you’re writing your own wedding vows, start working on them now

+ If you’ve decided to make a speech, start jotting down ideas for that too

+ Do a bit of honeymoon planning – need a new swimming cossie? Get that sorted now

+ Start wearing your wedding shoes around the house to make sure they’re comfy for the big day

Matt Penberthy –

6 weeks before your wedding

+ Make final decisions or alterations to your wedding outfits

+ Finalise your vows and speeches

+ Make sure your food is sorted – finalise menus with caterers

1 month before your wedding

+ Put together your seating chart – post-its come in very handy at this point

+ If you’re having any hair or beauty treatments, book those appointments now

+ Making a wedding playlist? Get started on that now! Pick your favourite dancing songs, and maybe some chilled ones to play while your guests are waiting for you to enter the ceremony

+ Finalise any vendor payments

+ Plan the timeline for the day itself, so you know exactly what’s happening and when

+ Tell your wedding party any information they need to know ahead of the day – timings etc

+ Check your dress fits!

+ Confirm any prop/furniture/suit hire

+ Go and get your marriage license

Through the Woods We Ran –

2 weeks before your wedding

+ Confirm your final guest list

+ Give your photographer a list of shots you’d like on the day – want to get a picture with grandma? Make sure your photographer knows

+Confirm delivery details with anyone dropping stuff off on the day (flowers, hired furniture, etc.)

+Make sure you have a plan in place for the wedding venue setup and breakdown

1 week before your wedding

+ If you’re having a manicure, get it done now. And don’t do any washing up after.

Give your florist, caterers etc a contact number in case of emergencies – not your own. Maid of honour is usually a good call.

+ Make a little wedding day kit for emergencies – include make up, cotton wool buds, safety pins, a needle and thread, painkillers, plasters, hair grips and mints.

+ Pick up your dress/outfit if you need to

+ Try your whole outfit on (and do a little excited dance)

Tim Kelly & Nadine Ellen

1 day before your wedding

+ If you’re heading off for honeymoon straight after the wedding, make sure you have your transportation organised

+ Print your vows/speech 

+ Take a few deep breaths and try and get an early night

On your wedding day

+ Be in the moment – with a lot going on you can get swept away, but make sure you take it all in


We Heart Pictures –

After the wedding 

+ Have a Buck’s Fizz for breakfast and toast to your marriage

+ Make sure vendors have been paid in full

+ Follow up with your photographer to check when you’ll get your wedding photos back

+ Ensure everything you hired has been returned

+ Send out thank you notes to people who helped with the wedding

+ Send personalised thank yous via Patchwork with pictures of you enjoying your gifts

Heading to the wedding? Don’t forget these things: 

  • Rings
  • Outfit
  • Vows – if you’ve written them
  • Speech
  • Umbrella – just in case!
  • Marriage license
  • Wedding playlist
  • Underwear
  • Shoes
  • Comfy shoes for evening
  • Emergency kit
  • Wallet
  • Cash
  • Passport

For a printable version of this checklist just click here.

£6k Wedding Series: 6 Amazing Wedding Concepts for Under £6000

Want to plan a stylish wedding on a super tight budget? Good news – you can. In fact, when it comes to event planning, unlimited cash and too many ideas can be a disaster. But having a strict budget and a clear vision actually makes planning less stressful, naturally more creative and almost always more impactful. Just stick to our four core planning principles, choose one of our six fully-costed wedding concepts (complete with superstar suppliers) for under £6000, then enjoy making your dream wedding a reality.

Don’t be trapped by tradition.

Don’t feel pressured into adhering to costly wedding traditions and etiquette if they don’t feel meaningful to you. Just start from scratch. Plan a wedding that celebrates your love and life together and includes the people you want to involve in whatever way works for you.

Think about numbers and make your decisions accordingly.

If you really want 200 people at your wedding, you can have them for £6000, but your wedding will look and feel very different if you choose to spend the same amount planning a wedding for just 50 people.

Don’t compromise on everything. Be clear what you’re prepared to sacrifice.

You don’t want to plan a wedding where you’ve had to scrimp on everything. Decide what’s important to you both and prioritise. For £6000 you can have a wedding abroad, a champagne reception, a Michelin star meal, a designer dress or a huge party. But you can’t have it all.

Agree your budget and concept. Then stick to it.

All the best planners know that any successful event has to start with a strict budget and a clear concept. These two unmovable facts then act as a filter for all the decisions you need to make. A clear concept enables you to save money by cutting away everything that is excess to requirements, it helps removes the stress of decision making and sharpens your ideas for maximum impact.

To get you started here are six super cool wedding concepts for under £6,000. Whether you’re dreaming of a chic city ceremony, a wedding abroad or a festival in a field; whether you want two, twenty or two hundred people to witness your wedding; we’ve got a range of creative concepts to help you identify the right approach, explore essential elements of the experience and use your budget most effectively.

£6k Wedding Series: City Ceremony, Honeymoon, then Party.

Want to get married in style on a super tight budget? Our £6k wedding series is here to help. We’ve got six fully-costed wedding concepts (complete with superstar suppliers) for under £6000 for you to choose from.

To plan a sophisticated city ceremony, European honeymoon and fabulous party on your return, read on…

Who is this wedding perfect for?

This super-cool city wedding is for sophisticated urban couples who want to celebrate their wedding day in style with a select guest list. Inspired by the stars of the 50s, it starts with a ceremony in an iconic registry office followed by a long, late lunch in a luxury restaurant with those you love the most. At the end of the meal you both jump in a taxi to the airport and your friends and family wave goodbye as you jet off on honeymoon to the ridiculously glamorous French Riviera.

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£6k Wedding Series: Festival Wedding Weekend – With a Little Help From Your Friends.

Want to get married in style on a super tight budget? Our £6k wedding series is here to help. We’ve got six fully-costed wedding concepts for under £6000 for you to choose from complete with a super-star list of suppliers.

To plan an amazing festival wedding for all your friends and family, read on…

Who is this wedding perfect for?

It’s ideal for hippies-at-heart who want to invite everyone they love to celebrate their union. This DIY festival wedding allows you to bring people together in a beautiful, secluded, family-friendly location. And celebrating over a weekend means you both get to spend quality time with all your loved ones – setting up the site with friends, sitting down to a wedding feast with all your family, dancing with mates into the night, then enjoying a lazy breakfast with everyone the morning after.

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£6k Wedding Series: A Secret Cinema Ceremony… And Late Night Drinks.

Want to get married in style on a super tight budget? Our £6k wedding series is here to help. We’ve got six fully-costed wedding concepts for under £6000 for you to choose from complete with a superstar list of suppliers.

To plan a glamorous cinema inspired wedding ceremony for a star-studded guest list, read on…

Who is this wedding perfect for?

This is for the film lovers. This concept provides a stunning cinematic backdrop to a wedding celebration that will make you feel like 1930s Hollywood stars. Guests recline on rows of red velvet seats to witness your epic ceremony, then you all celebrate your marriage with popcorn and gin cocktails before heading to a bar for dinner, drinks and dancing.

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£6k Wedding Series: Warehouse Wedding For All Night Party People.

Want to get married in style on a super tight budget? Our £6k wedding series is here to help. We’ve got six fully-costed wedding concepts for under £6000 for you to choose from, complete with a superstar list of suppliers.

To plan a rock n roll wedding followed by a warehouse party that friends will remember forever, read on…

Who is this wedding perfect for?

This is the wedding for party people to celebrate their love and marriage. And what better place than on the dance floor? This is a celebration on an industrial scale. Just find a venue with no neighbours that will let you bring your own booze and party all night with 200 mates… Then watch the sunrise together as newlyweds.

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£6k Wedding Series: Elope and Honeymoon in a Romantic European City, then Fly Home to Celebrate.

Want to get married in style on a super tight budget? Our £6k wedding series is here to help. We’ve got six fully-costed wedding concepts for under £6000 for you to choose from, complete with a superstar list of recommended suppliers.

To plan a super romantic elopement to bohemian Berlin and party on your return, read on…

Who is this wedding perfect for?

This is for independent couples looking for a secret, spontaneous wedding in a romantic European city.

Whether it’s a city you both know and love or somewhere you’re discovering together for the first time, escaping everyone and everything to elope is a super romantic, thrilling and stress-free way to wed. And on your return you can host an amazing party to celebrate your love and marriage, armed with tales of adventure.

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