David & Karen’s Rustic Wedding at Millbrook Estate

We were back at Millbrook estate celebrating an intimate wedding of 20 for David and Karen last week. They held their reception at the Retreat which is our most favourite places to dress as it’s a hidden gem near two lakes surrounded by trees and only round the corner from us. It’s a blank canvas with so many options. Our couple chose to have a barn dance on the grass for their guests and booked a local band and caller to ensure their feet weren’t all entangled.

Photos below are how we dressed the Retreat with ribbons, roses, netting and ivy. David and Karen also chose to have our vintage ladder and crates with our display items, and the Retreat was internally dressed with bunting, hearts and our jugs full of flowers. We added small jars with battery operated tealights and large hurricane lamps with candles for the evening.

If you would like us to take the pressure off you and style your wedding or event in Devon then please drop us an email with your ideas. We have lots of small and large props available.






Patron’s Lunch 12th June 2016

The Mall in London, will be the setting for it’s largest street party to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday and to recognise her patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations worldwide.  There will be 10,000 guests, including the Queen herself.

The event is ticketed, and most of them have been allocated to all the charities and organisations to which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron, but we can still enjoy our own festivals by organising a party of our own. It doesn’t matter where you are why not get involved.

Local events and street parties are taking place on June 12th. Why not bring your street, road, community or village together and enjoy a fun afternoon. Whether small or large you too can play a part.

There are some great tips on HOW TO on the Patron’s Lunch website, and if you do organise a party then let them know and they will add it to their interactive map

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A Courting Cake

Over the years we have been catering we have produced many different types of traditional cakes, however our most popular has been a three tiered fruit and fresh cream cake

Traditionally these were called courting cakes, the story goes that it is more a victoria sandwich on the top and and a shortbread on the bottom.  There are many variations, but traditionally they are filled with slightly over-ripe strawberries or raspberries and fresh whipped cream

We produce them for weddings of 6 or less when a traditional cake isn’t always required or our clients don’t want a cake full of buttercream.

Fresh Cream & Strawberry Cake for Vintage Wedding

These cakes are delightful and the above image is our version, three layers, the one below is three layers again with a mix of raspberries and strawberries used as a wedding cake.  If you would like two layers one with shortcake the other sponge please let us know.  We need about 2 weeks notice.


Hire Vintage Crates in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset or Somerset

If you are looking to hire vintage crates for your event we have them available, they are very versatile and great for making displays.  Here are some ideas below:




Hire Vintage Crates in Devon

Delivery charges are additional and based on distance to travel to delivery and collect, but we can delivery to certain areas out of Devon, such as Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall. Please ask for a quote.  All the props in the above photos are available from us, except the flowers!


Champagne Flute Hire Devon

We have 100 champagne flutes available to hire.  We can also provide the right amount of prosecco for a toast and the edible flowers seen in the photo below.  Hiring is easy, you tell us how many you need and we bring them.  There is no need to wash them at the end of the day as we do all this for you.  Just empty them and pack them back into the boxes they arrive in.

Hire champagne flutes for your wedding

As with all our hire items delivery charges apply.  Please email us for more information.


Kilner Drinks Dispenser Hire with Jam Jars in Devon

If you are wanting to offer your guests a cold drink then why not hire our Kilner Drinks Dispensers.  We have two identical, one slightly smaller and a more modern variety.  Each one will hold 20 litres of fluid.  For smaller parties we can also rent you up to 3o jam jars and bring along straws, but for larger weddings we can hire you hi-ball glasses.  Here are a few images for you to have a think about.

Runaway Bride Wedding


Kilner Drinks Dispenser for Hire in Devon

Hire one individual Kilner Dispenser with 20 jam jars and straws for £20
Hire two as above for £30
Hire two of the above with up to 60 hi-ball glasses with straws for £50
Delivery and collection charges are additional and dependent on your venue location. Please contact us for more details on delivery.

Vintage China Hire Devon

Have you chosen to hold a tea party and need china?  The following slideshow is made up of our china at a few different venues to give you an idea of layout.

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We can cover 120 people for a afternoon tea function.   We can either deliver for you to set up or we can set eveything up for you.

Each Trio (cup, saucer, plate) match and in many different vintage patterns and styles from the 1920s to the 1960s.  We have everything you need for your table and guests to eat off.  You can hire the following for about £6.00 per guest with delivery and collection an additional charge depending on where you are located.  This also doesn’t include setting up, please ask for a quote for that service if you would prefer someone else prepares your venue

Hire Items:
Matching Trio
Extra sandwich plate under the above
Sandwich/cake plates
2 tier cake stands
Receptacles for scones, jam and clotted cream
Teapot, jug, sugar bowl
Cutlery – knives, forks, spoons

We deliver to your venue the day before to ensure you have enough time to set up and we collect the day after.  Nothing needs washing either as with the china being delicate it needs hand washing; we just ask you empty out any liquids and brush off any crumbs or dispose of leftover foods.  All lost, stolen or broken items must be paid for by you at replacement value, these are in our T&C that we send out to you when you place a booking.

Delivery in based on where you venue is and we charge a standard rate depending on how much you are hiring from us. If you hire china and props together it’s just one change which will save you money in the long run.
If you would like to discuss hiring our china for your event please get in contact.

Hire Vintage Step Ladder & Props for your Wedding

Many of our clients hire our vintage items and DIY their event.  If you would like to hire from us here’s how to create this look:

You can hire the following from us to create the above image (Style 1):
Step Ladder
Fake books
Books wrapped with co-ordinating ribbons of your choice (2 sets of three)
Lace covered glass jam jars (3) with battery operated flickering tea lights (evenings or dark areas)
or the above can be used for flower arrangements instead
Glass shabby chic perfume bottles
Large jam jars for flowers
White standing heart
Total Hire cost £65.00 (see note at bottom regarding delivery prices)

The florist created flat arrangements of fresh flowers to sit on the ladder steps and also to pop into the large jam jars.

vintage ladder hire

You can hire the following from us to create this image (Style 2):
Step Ladder
Cream jugs for flowers
Large jam jars for flowers
Glass shabby chic perfume bottles
White standing heart
Total Hire cost £65.00 (see note at bottom regarding delivery prices)
The bride chose her own flowers for the arrangements and also used our galvanized buckets

Vintage Ladder Hire

To create this final look above you can hire the following from us (Style 3):
Step Ladder
Cream jugs for flowers
Large jam jars for flowers
Small picnic basket
Cream outdoor chair
Green Wellies
Total Hire cost £80.00 (see note at bottom regarding delivery prices)
If you would like us to source lavender or summer plants, etc please ask for an additional quote.  However, we do not supply floral arrangements, however we are happy to liaise with your florist to discuss your requirements for an additional charge.


Prices quoted above are as a package and hire terms are for a maximum of 3 days, for example we deliver the day before your event and collect the day after.  Delivery charges are subject to availability and distance from our base in North Devon.  When enquiring please let us know where your venue is so we can ensure you are quoted the best possible price.


Humanist & Non-religious Wedding Ceremonies in Devon

Have you wondered about holding a different type of wedding ceremony? One that you have had your own say in, have written your own vows, have chosen the whole theme instead of having to accept the type/style/theme of a venue, and words of a registrar?

At the VPC we have 30 years of wedding experience behind us in various themes and styles. However, we really do love a wedding that is very personal to the couple and their ideas and beliefs.  With that in mind we are now offering ceremonies specially written for you!   If you would like to discuss this option with us and have a chat to see if it fits in with your plans please email us.  We also offer a free 1 hour consultation in Devon to talk further about your ideas, venues, food and theme.

Holding your own personal ceremony is wonderful and can be easily achieved.

We look forward to chatting more and over the next few weeks sharing more of our ideas so don’t forget to follow us for more info.

Vintage Afternoon Cream Tea Wedding at Hartland Abbey, North Devon

We were asked in the summer of 2015 to cater for a wedding celebration and naming ceremony at Hartland Abbey, it was a truly lovely day. We took along a Devon cream tea with large kilners holding strawberries. Guests were treated to a glass of prosecco and each glass was adorned with an edible flower.

Here are the photos of the marquee and our catering:

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