De Vere Wotton House

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Timeless elegance embracing strong geometric lines for a show stopping decor scheme to wow guests.

Working with the Wotton House weddings team, head stylist and Idyllic Days owner, Sophie Griffiths, considered the desired theme and suggested placing emphasis on particular areas, such as introducing textured table linens which skimmed the floor to ensure high standards throughout and adding heaps of beautiful candlelight and fairylights to soften the overall look, which injected some much needed warmth.

Guests were treated to a transformed space when entering the Evelyn Suite at this leading De Vere hotel, softened by strings of fairylights in the form of a bespoke fairylight ceiling. Candles and tealights further added to the ambience into a warm, inviting entertaining space for the modern couple’s wedding breakfast.

Pearl grey table cloths accentuated the soft blush tones found in the florals and delicate ribbon ties. The Terrariums and tall gold statement stands gave the contrasting bold lines and together with the beautiful florals gave the room the desired Wow factor.

Sophie advises couples “tending to details in addition to planning the room layout effectively to maximise impact is key to getting the most out of your chosen look. When considering the aesthetics of the space, soft greys are key in harmonising colours within the Evelyn Suite at this De Vere hotel. Perfect for any wedding colour scheme. “

How did guests respond to the new features?

“Response was phenomenal and we enjoyed so many positive comments. The tall stands and lighting were particularly highlighted” Sophie enthused

“ We love the gold stands as they allow guests to see across the table but give the height to add gravitas to the room” one guest commented.

3CEFAB5F-FB5D-4F19-9C74-403D454D5050 8016A07F-5622-4B40-AB1D-456A3A730AA1The florists, Flowers by Elaine, added sumptuous blooms featuring Hydrangea, Peony, Anenomie, Spray Roses with soft Asparagus Fern and foliage. Proudly placed on top of the stands, available to hire from Idyllic Days, they added to the timeless elegance of the room and gave a heavenly subtle scent.

The luxurious element through outstanding florals continued with the addition of a full length floral runner on the traditional top table set up. The delicate blush and cream tones worked perfectly against the soft grey linen and complimented our chosen mix of tableware and props, consisting of warm gold tones.

“I’m particular about florals, having worked alongside so many of the industry’s top florists. The florals provided by Flowers by Elaine, based in Dorking, were absolutely beautiful. The addition of the Anemones and the floral runner along the Top table were highlights” Sophie added.

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“ Props consisted of the Antique candlesticks with pink candles, clear glass Votives to keep the crisp look, Terrariums in various shapes to add interest along with the tall gold stands. The props and packages including tableware and linens together with our props are available to hire from our hire department ” Sophie @idyllicdaysstylist

Let them eat cake…

“ My love of authentic Antiques came through in our styled area for the amazing cake. I added soft grey fabric which puddled to the floor and over our Singer table, ready for Asma from Sugared Saffron to add her Geo inspired wedding cake. I added Terrariums and candles whilst the florist followed my brief perfectly to hang foliage and flowers from the drawers. I loved the beautiful wedding on the day stationery provided by Sophie of Peony & Rose. A beautifully designed card showing the cake details and headed by the couple’s names worked perfectly and I’m so grateful to her for making my vision come to life. She always delivers above and beyond my expectations and I highly recommend using her for your wedding stationery at De Vere Wotton House” Sophie @idyllicdaysstylist


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Seating for eating…

“Embracing the perfect opportunity to bring a one of my creative ideas into something tangeable, the table plan ended up being a mash up of an existing idea with another obsession and key 2017 trend … Pampas grass. A soft Pampas grass arch held the suspended velvet ribbon strands. I was thrilled to find tiny Geo clips which held the name cards and table numbers. The stationery encompasses all my favourite elements; textured card stock, Calligraphy style font and great design which included the softest hint of pink in the background. I was so thrilled to receive the stationery from Peony & Rose prior to the day, delicately wrapped in luxury paper” Sophie @idyllicdaysstylist

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Finishing off the styled areas with some simple signage combining authentic Antiques with a modern twist. Used to greet guests and add helpful information, signage has become another important area to add some decoration and styling.

“Combining areas which have a practical element with decoration is key to achieving a cohesive look. Gone are the days when decoration was solely reserved for the reception space. Greeting signage sets the tone of your wedding style and creates a sense of anticipation for the guest” Sophie @idyllicdaysstylist



We would love to hear your views in the comments or why not get in touch to discuss your event.

Wotton House has a dedicated team of recommended suppliers who work together to showcase their products at each open day:

Florists: Flowers by Elaine, Dorking

Stationery: Peony & Rose

Cake: Sugared Saffron

Props & fairylight ceiling: Idyllic Days – hire department

Styling & design: Idyllic Days – Styling

Furniture: Academy furniture

Venue: De Vere Wotton House, Dorking, Surrey

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