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A busy Spring for the World Inspired Tents team

It’s official - next year we are going to be holding not one, but two, Spring Open Weekends!

The first event will be taking place on 21st and 22nd March at the lovely Darts Farm - our regular Open Weekend haunt.  We will then be heading on to Burford Garden Company in the heart of the Cotswolds for the weekend of 18th and 19th April.

Burford is easily accessible from Oxford, Cheltenham and Bristol, and has the added attraction of offering some rather beautiful garden and home shopping opportunities.  We are working with an awesome selection of suppliers for this event, who are planning some tipi styling magic for our visitors to enjoy.  Kate Cullen (of Lavender Linen fame) is at the helm, with some seriosuly inspiring plans afoot, and tasty treats will be on offer from the delicious Parsnip Mash. We are also delighted to have Dotty Pink Designs, Acacia Floristry and Paola De Paola Photography on board - full details of our EXCITING plans to follow in due course!

The Darts Farm event will be no less lovely, with old friends Devon Vintage China, Sarah Lauren Photography and Dartmoor Kitchen in attendance as usual, plus lots more to be confirmed....

For more information or to book an appointment at either event, please call us on 01271 851160 or email info@world-inspired.co.uk.

(Images courtesy of Helen Lisk Photography and James Darling Photography).

The Wedding Industry Awards - here we go!

Although it’s the start of the process, we are thrilled to have made it over the first hurdle and through to the regional shortlist for the 2015 Wedding Industry Awards! These awards are the UKs only truly independent scheme, and are judged by wedding industry experts on the grounds of direct feedback and votes received from customers. 

We are hugely grateful to all our lovely customers who took the time to vote for us, it means an awful lot to the whole team who work tirelessly to deliver magical World Inspired weddings.  After scooping the National Winner award in the Best Wedding Marquee Provider category in 2012 and 2014, and the Regional Winner award in 2013, we are keeping everything crossed that this success continues.

The next step in the process is the regional award event, taking place at The Kingscote Barn on 24th November.  We are looking forward to getting our glad rags on and catching up with some of the many brilliant suppliers who also made it through to the regional finals.  Good luck everyone!

Our Open Weekend tipi dream team!

One of the nicest things about our Open Weekend is observing first-time tipi visitors and the enthusiastic responses that the tipis are met with.  Seeing people’s eyes widen, smiles spread and hearing the “oohs” and “aahs” as they walk into the tipis is absolutely priceless!  Last weekend’s event didn’t disappoint, and the gist from first-time visitors is that the tipis are “so much bigger” than they expected, “they are so atmospheric” – no doubting that – and “wow, they are so beautiful with all the fairy lights” - yep, in our opinion no tipi event is complete without LOADS of fairy lights!

This Autumn the tipi styling was expertly managed by Jan from Devon Vintage China and Kirsten, The Little Wedding Helper, with different takes on the Autumnal theme.  With eight tables and 96 settings between them they worked extremely hard to transform the tipis from blank canvas to a super sumptuous and sparkly wedding and event space! South West Event Hire’s china, cutlery and linen was an essential part of some of the tables and the styling was complemented by handmade wedding stationery from Tree of Hearts with their tipi inspired place settings and Silver Deer Stationery whose two takes on the Autumn theme adorned The Little Wedding Helper’s tables.  Oodles of gorgeous blooms in deep rich tones were supplied and skilfully styled by lovely Jessie from West Dorset Wedding Flowers, by The Poundbury Florist and in the tipi entrance she also added a beautiful garland kindly supplied by Tregothnan

Also in the tipis over the weekend were Dartmoor Kitchen and Tom’s Pies who were on hand to discuss their award-winning catering with our guests. The wonderful Sarah Lauren (Photography) joined us for both days taking lots of pictures and talking photography – watch this space for some examples of the magic she creates when her lenses meet our tipis!  We were fortunate to have some very generous donations to our goody bags, with yummy favours from Cloud Nine Marshmallows, super beautiful Wed Magazines, floral samples from Bespoke Confetti and Wildflower Favours, and fabulous Tree of Hearts discount offers.

Amongst the many super suppliers that made our Open Weekend so brilliant, there was a bit of a “Wedding Industry Award Winners Team” in the tipis!  Aside from us (who are proud to boast one regional win and two national wins in three years), Jessie from West Dorset Wedding Flowers was the winner of the 2014 Highly Commended in the Florist category.  The Little Wedding Helper won the Best Special Touch Award in 2013 and is now on the TWIA judging panel, and Wildflower Favours are former regional winners in the Special Touch category.  Here’s hoping that we all make it as far as a TWIA get together soon – fingers crossed!

 A heartfelt thanks to all these lovely, talented and hardworking people for making the Open Weekend so special, to everyone who visited the tipis and filled them with smiles, and once again to fabulous Darts Farm for being such super hosts – see you in the Spring!

Gearing up for the Open Weekend, and feeling rather lucky!

Today the World Inspired Tents Marketing and Events staff have been catching up with all our amazing suppliers ahead of our Autumn Open Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, and we are feeling somewhat overwhelmed with all the talent and generosity that we are surrounded by!

So, time for a blog and a huge pre-event thanks to the clever and kind souls who have brightened this rather blustery October day…

First off dressing and styling – The Little Wedding Helper, Devon Vintage China and West Dorset Wedding Flowers by The Poundbury Florist are already working away to create beautiful, sparkly Autumnal styling and floristry to dress the tipis with – there will be a variety of styles across formal and informal tables, so something to suit almost every theme.  South West Event Hire have also been super kind today, happily adding to the rather long list of items they are generously supplying!

Now on to goody bags – for anyone who books an appointment to discuss their wedding or event plans with one of our events team, there will be a goody bag packed with treats waiting for them!  Our old favourites Cloud Nine Marshmallows are once again supplying samples of their magical “puffs of perfection” for anyone looking for tasty wedding favours.  There will also be a floral feel to the bags this year with samples from both Bespoke Confetti who supply real petal wedding confetti, and Wildflower Favours with their gorgeous British grown wildflower seed favours. 

Joining us for the first time this year is - Tree of Hearts not only are they kindly supplying samples and discount offers for the goody bags, but their table stationery  - in a special World Inspired Tents tipi wedding theme – will be decorating one of our tables.  Tree of Hearts specialise in personalised wedding stationery and have over 70 beautiful collections to choose from – all of which are just lovely!

Millions of thanks in advance to all these lovely people, and to anyone planning a wedding and looking for suppliers, this is a pretty good place to start!

The Open Weekend is taking place at Darts Farm, Topsham, Exeter on 25th and 26th October, from 10am to 4pm.  Everyone is welcome to drop by, and a few appointments are available for anyone wanting to speak with a member of the team at a specific time.

Autumn’s arrival means Open Weekend time for us!

For us at World Inspired Tents, the best thing about summer coming to an end is that we get to start planning for our Autumn Open Weekend!  Once again taking place at the lovely Darts Farm, we will be joined by an amazing array of wedding and event industry talents (quite a number of whom are also Wedding Industry Award winners).

The tipis will be styled and dressed by Devon Vintage China and The Little Wedding Helper, with flowers from West Dorset Weddimg Flowers, by The Poundbury Florist, tableware supplied by South West Event Hire and the all-important lavatories from Premier Luxury Loos

Our good friend Sarah Lauren will also be joining us to capture the day and showcase her photographic talents.  Plus Dartmoor Kitchen and Tom’s Pies will be there to discuss all manner of event catering deliciousness!  There will also be treats and samples supplied by Luscombe Drinks, Wildflower Favours, Bespoke Confetti, Cloud Nine Marshmallows, Wed Magazine and National Weddings Magazine, so all in all we are going to be in very good company!

Marshmallow toasting has become somewhat of a World Inspired Tents Open Weekend institution, and we will be sure to keep the bowls well filled for anyone who comes to see us!

Taking place on the 25th and 26th October, between 10am and 4pm, everyone is welcome to drop in.  Appointments are also available if you would like some dedicated time with one of our team.  For more information or to book an appointment please email info@world-inspired.co.uk or call us on 01271 851160.

Image courtesy of Nick Reader Photography.




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