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Fun & Games - A great way to keep your guests entertained!

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Garden games are a great addition to any event, especially a wedding.  Whilst you, as the couple are off having your intimate snaps, they can keep your guests entertained.

Two of the most popular games we offer are Giant Connect 4 and Giant Jenga. These games are easy to setup and quick to play.  


Vintage classics such as lawn croquet, boules and skittles are well known by all ages, we also love our rustic giant noughts and crosses.

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If you want some larger than life games we just love Giant chess.  Why not have some retro classics such as Giant Kerplunk or even Space Hoppers.

Fairground classics like coconut shy and hook-a-duck add a vintage feel to the day.  Team this with our traditional bespoke peep boards and your event will eek English garden fetes! We also have some new additions to this range Tin Can Alley & Splat-a-rat! 


For the more unusual take a peek at our Giant beat the buzzer, always interesting after a few glasses of the bubbly stuff! If you are after something themed for your wedding day check out our Mr & Mrs Bean Bag Toss or Wedding Themed Peep board, these are great addition for your guests.


We just love how couples use our games to include them in their day! Look at these great action shots of our sack race and hay bales!  


Whatever your theme garden games hire is a great way to fill that space between arrival drinks and dinner being served. Check out our full range here.  

Two Woods - The Woodland Venue you must see!

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I am not sure why it has taken me sooo long to tell you about this place? Maybe because I am completely in awe of the stunning location and the detail of the work that the owners have lovingly put into this venue.  


The most magical place in this venue has to be the redwoods, every time I walk into the redwoods I get tingles! The natural beauty of this magical place is out of this world. The owners have worked hard to ensure that their touches only enhance an already beautiful setting. The iron gates designed by the owners, make you feel like you are in a scene from Alice in wonderland. The ceremony area which is fully licensed consists of a beautiful Pergoda at the end of the natural aisle which is lined by the ancient redwoods. 


The venue also consists of a secret meadow if you want to have an outside wedding with a marquee or tipi. Along with the ability for your guests to camp. But if you prefer something more traditional there is also a great barn space. 


The barn is a versatile space with lots of beautiful touches. And then there is the bridal loft! Wow I want to move in! 

I have to say there is nothing quite like this venue and I would strongly suggest you organise a visit !   Take a look at www.twowoodsestate.co.uk.


Little Thakeham - A hidden gem

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Lets talk about a new venue to the wedding market - Little Thakeham.  If you have not had the pleasure to visit this venue you will fall in love with it when you see it.

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Little Thakeham is a Grade 1 Listed Venue designed by the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The house and grounds are stunning and you have exclusive use to this venue for whole weekend for your wedding.  Meaning you have access the night before to prepare for your big day, have exclusive use on the day and get some awe inspiring images in the grounds and within the house.  Then you can finish the celebration by having brunch with your closest friends and family.

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The house has a stunning main hall which works perfectly for the smaller reception, with the main hall taking up to 60 seated for a traditional wedding breakfast.  But do not worry, if you want to have a larger reception you can have a marquee or tipi on one of the formal lawns.

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The house also comes with three stunning en-suite bedrooms for your use. If you would like more information please take a look at www.littlethakehamweddings.com

Harry Potter Themed Shoot

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We love a bit of 'theming' here at To Have & To Hire HQ.  What a pleasure to be involved in this shoot at Ardingly College, with Harry Potter being one of our favourite themes we were delighted to be involved!  We have installed our magical floating candles on several events before, but this was to a different level.

 Adding the final touches pre-shoot...

Adding the final touches pre-shoot...

The room at Ardingly was perfect with their long wooden tables and high ceilings. Our stunning gold candelabras worked perfectly and then our magical floating candles added the finishing touch.

Susie coordinated these perfectly with chairs, crockery, cutlery and beautiful purple runners from Co-Ordination Catering Hire.

To add that extra magical touch owls were provided by Sussex Falconry, and wow what a way to finish off the shoot! Creative Spark also added to the shoot with their lighting and smoke machine, all creating a perfect final setup.

The images were perfectly captured by Foto Memories.

 A sneak peek of the upcoming shoot!

A sneak peek of the upcoming shoot!

If you are after a themed event please do get in touch, we love getting our creative minds working.


Sussex Wed Fest - Sussex's First Wedding Festival

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If you have not heard about this wonderful event then you are missing out.  


Sussex Wed Fest is Sussex's First Wedding Festival, offering an alternative way to plan your day.  With over 80 unique exhibitors there will be plenty of choice for everyone.  One of the main areas of the day will be the main stage with exhibitors playing all afternoon.


Sussex Wed Fest is being held at the stunning Two Woods Estate in Pulborough.  You can find more about this beautiful venue here.

 Two Woods' beautiful outside wedding area, this is just one spot in the huge 42 acre estate where Wed Fest will be held. 

Two Woods' beautiful outside wedding area, this is just one spot in the huge 42 acre estate where Wed Fest will be held. 


Sunday 4th June 2017 from 12 midday to 5pm

Please remember this is a ticketed event.  You can purchase tickets here.  With a limited number of early bird tickets we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment!

Beauty & The Beast - just could not resist!

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So who out there has been to seen the new Disney adaptation of Beauty & The Beast?  I had some family time this week and took my twin girls to see it.  All I can say is wow its amazing everything you would want it to be.

The team have done lots of themed weddings before including Disney, Harry Potter, Naval & more.  However, are are sure, after this wonderful movie there will be many thinking of a Beauty & Beast themed wedding.  So how can you achieve this look?

The most obvious is the red rose, that is featured heavily in the film.  You could follow the norm and have a red rose in a clear cloche on each table.  Or you could add a little twist to this image like below.  If the pebbles were a little rustic why not opt for some diamante sparkles.  Be careful here make sure they do not float!  You could also loose the water and use water pearls instead to hold the rose in place.

Another choice for centrepieces would be gold candelabras.  We have them to hire and you could add the rose element by wrapping rose garlands, or incorporating a flower ring around the base with roses.

Perhaps you wanted to add a little more gold to your table? You could also include a gold charger plate as shown in the above image.

If your venue ceiling is not so grand you can achieve a great look by having a fairy light canopy. Image shown here is  our fairy light canopy installed at the lovely Long Furlong Barn with our rustic chandelier.  We will shortly have a more glam one if that is the style you are after.


For a table-plan continue the gold theme with our gold mirror and easel.  Either this can be written on with chalk-pen or you could have a stationer create these for you.

 Available to hire from www.tohaveandtohireweddings.com.

Available to hire from www.tohaveandtohireweddings.com.

Place cards could be continued with the gold theme by having small ornate frames. Shown here from www.notonthehighstreet.com


The dress - well there is only one choice.  Alfred Angelo have a Disney range and they have a Belle dress.  The local stockist for this is Opulence & Grace Bridal who stock the whole Disney range.

 Available from Opulence & Grace Bridal

Available from Opulence & Grace Bridal

I hope you like our ideas and if you have not been to see it yet! I would highly recommend.


Our decor in 3D

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We love a bit of technology at To Have & To Hire.  Our inner geek was just exploding when we received a call from the owners of Brookfield Barn asking us to be involved in something amazing.

Brookfield Barn is a stunning barn venue just outside Horsham, finished to an impeccable standard.  If you are not yet decided on your venue we would highly recommend you go and have a look.

So we received a call and a schedule like no other.  We had the challenge of installing, dismantling and changing the room setup 8 times in one day.  With a 30 minute break between each setup we were up for it.  Our team and the team at Brookfield worked extremely hard that day and I have to say the results are amazing.

 Our beautiful Fairy Light Canopy and bespoke chandelier really make an impact in the high ceiling

Our beautiful Fairy Light Canopy and bespoke chandelier really make an impact in the high ceiling

Here is a link to the magic. You can walk all the way around this stunning venue and also see lots of different decor, all decor provided by us with some amazing flowers from Wild and Green Floristry.

 An example of one of our ceremony set ups, showing our  Cream Aisle Runner ,  Cream LED Lanterns  and  5ft LOVE Letters

An example of one of our ceremony set ups, showing our Cream Aisle Runner, Cream LED Lanterns and 5ft LOVE Letters

All we can say is WOW! This amazing 3D experience will also be featured on our site shortly.

Outside Weddings - Caterers & Decor

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This is our second blog on outside weddings, with one more to follow.  In this blog we will cover decor and catering.  

Decor & Flowers

At To Have & To Hire Weddings love an outside wedding.  Even if you opt for DIY we can still help you out with our dry hire service.  We can sit with you go through your day and then bring all the elements together so you can dress your day your way.  

With an outside wedding you do not have to be rustic,glam also works well.  There are some stunning marquees out there that can be transformed into any theme.

Lanterns installed by the team at To Have & To Hire Weddings for Inside Outside Marquees.

Here are some of the items we would recommend hiring for an outside wedding.

Hay bales are a great way to add rustic seating to an outside event, or even to create a chill out area.  We can also provide hay bale tables and sofas!

Vintage barrels are a great way to add rustic style to your event.  Use them as a quirky bar or a sweetie table with a rustic wooden top, podium bar tables, add flowers to them to create an grand aisle entrance or use half barrels for side tables.  Here they are teamed with our cuddle blankets and hay bale sofas.

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Giant garden games are great if you have lots of outside space.   They also keep your guests entertained whilst you are off having pictures.

Festoon and fairy lights are a great way to add lighting to outside.  Create a canopy of lights to welcome your guests, use to light pathways to facilities.  

Flowers are an essential part to any wedding from the bridal bouquet to the centrepieces. We love the flowers that are created by the talented Emma at Wild & Green Floristry.  Here are some examples of her work.

We can also highly recommend the lovely Nell's Flowers, who works very closely with the wonderful Sussex Flower Farm who grow flowers locally.  Here is some of their work



One of the great advantages of having an outdoor wedding.  At most venues you can choose your own caterer.  This gives you complete flexibility on what you can have.

Tie the Knot Catering

Nick and his amazing team can offer a full catering service from a stunning 3 course meal to a rustic hog roast served to the table on platters.  Well worth a call!

Gourmet Chef

Justin, Caroline and the team are able to offer a bespoke service for your day.  I particularly love their gold horsebox pizza oven!

Circa Circa

Having worked with Circa hundreds of times I have to say their attention to detail and food are fabulous.

Something a bit different ....

Why not hire the wonderful girls from Pinks Vintage Ice Creams to turn up to your big day to service ice cream.  They offer two options there stunning vintage van or a tricycle!  

If coffee is your thing why not get Coffee Camp in for your guests.  Great for the evening.  I have to say the hot chocolate is amazing!


Another great advantage to having an outdoor event is the bar.  You can either opt for a full bar service or do a DIY bar.  Having been involved in events using both, they both have their advantages and disadvantages.  Personally I think the bar service is the way to go.  It takes a lot to organise and it is something that you do not need to worry about.  But if you do opt for the DIY service we can offer a cute barrel bar to hire and cool drinks dispensers for welcome drinks.  

We would recommend the following companies if you wish to do your own bar service:

Doily's Mini Bar

After something a bit more quirky than this is the choice for you.  This vintage themed bar is a must!

Kampai Cocktails

Ryu and his team are masters at what they do.  I can highly recommend them, plus he can make you a signature cocktail for your day!

Vintage Bar Box

Look at this great quirky bar which is a converted horse box!

Gin & Bear It

Another quirky way to serve the drinks on your big day!

Our next post will be all about Entertaining your guests!

Outside Weddings - Where to start?

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Outside weddings are becoming more and more popular. Couples are generally wanting more flexibility with their day. They can easily achieve this by doing an outside wedding.  Although sometimes this can be mean more work for the couple. Some couples like the opportunity of getting involved but some opt for a wedding planner to organise their day. We have worked and organised many weddings for couples bringing all the elements together.  We do offer planning as part of our services, but equally we have worked with some excellent planners and this is who we would recommend: 


The I Do's

Some couples want to take it a step further and have a ceremony that is also personalised to them. Legally married even the day before or earlier the same day, they see this personal ceremony as their wedding. This is a non legal blessing or a humanist ceremony can be undertaken by anyone. However if you are struggling with this concept yourself, this is where a celebrant comes in . Like the lovely Claire Bradford from Creating Ceremonies who works with a couple to produce their vows and then becomes the person to officiate the day. 

If you opt for this option then you can get married anywhere you so choose.  Why not opt for a outside ceremony with hay bales for seating.  We have these available to hire at To Have & To Hire.



There are lots of private land owners who hire out their land for events. These are normally hidden gems that offer some level of flexibility. However they are normally very basic and require you to organise and supply the basic amenities such as electricity and toilets.  Here are some links to some in sussex: 

  • Meadowslea - Tel: 01403 782888
  • Maplehurst Farm - Please contact Tentario fo details.

Some wedding venues also have the facility or land that you can hire for an outside wedding. Here are some we would recommend. 

Marquee, Tipi's & Belle Tents

Gone are the days of having a traditional marquee for your wedding. Now you can go with the more vintage and quirky.

Pole Tents  

These are a more vintage style marquee with wooden central poles as shown here provided by Tents n Events based in Arundel.  




Marquees can be as basic or glamourous as you want.  Here are some recommendations for companies that can help you out.



These are stunning structures that consist of hats that are joined together in different formations to create a custom design for your venue.  Here are some lovely images from Tentario.


Stretch Tents

What a great option for your event.  These versatile tents can be created into many different shapes.  We recommend the great Tentstyle for these tents.



Belle Tents  

By hiring some land, most landowners allow you and your guests to camp. This makes for a real party atmosphere and carries the celebrations onto the following day. This is where you may consider hiring some Belle Tents. These can be installed and setup for your guests and can be fully furnished, even with real mattresses and wood burners.  We would highly recommend Beautiful Belles.


Please keep an eye out for our next blog post on outside weddings.  There is so much to cover we are posting in several blogs.  Do not forget to subscribe to us to keep up to date with our news.



Ceiling Decorations for your venue.

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We are definitely seeing a trend in decor starting at the top of your venue.  Many couples are opting to add ceiling decor to their decor budgets.  This can be achieved in many ways:


Fairy lights are a great way to add sparkle to your venue.  If you are after a more rustic look then you can opt for festoon lighting.


Draping can soften a venue, cover an unsightly ceiling or event add to an already beautiful setting.  Draping can be installed in many ways and is extremely popular in ceremony areas.  If you wanted to add a little sparkle you can add lines of fairy lights behind the draping.


Bunting can be strung inside venues to add a rustic or village fete theme.  It is also popular outside for a summer wedding.  You can also mix bunting with lanterns, if you like both, why not have it.  It is your day.

Hanging Lanterns

We are the professional installers for The Hanging Lantern Company who make these stunning lanterns.  These come in many colours and sizes to suit your theme.  They are a great way of injecting colour into your venue.  They can be installed in many ways depending on what look you are trying to achieve.  They can be installed so they look like they are floating, hung in clusters scattered around your venue or even hung on fairy lights or festoons to add a sparkle to your day.  You can even get outside, waterproof lanterns that you can hang outside in trees or on outside lighting.

We hope that we have given you some inspiration for your event.  If you need any further information or would like a quote, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Decorate Your Barn Venue with Hanging Lanterns

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Why we Love Barn Weddings Decorated with Paper Lanterns

 Barn weddings give a bride and groom the opportunity to really put their stamp on their wedding by creating a breathtaking scene for the day, and, no two barns are the same so every barn wedding is truly unique!

Here’s our top three barn weddings dressed with an array of our hanging paper lanterns…

Rivervale Barn, Yateley, Guildford




Warm fairy lights strung across the width of Rivervale Barn add extra light to this open, airy wedding venue and allows a bridal party to incorporate colours including navy blue into their colour scheme without the dark shade being too over powering.

A mixture of navy blue, baby blue and soft cream paper lanterns have been hung between 50 and 100cm apart directly on the fairy light strings. This paper lantern canopy makes the most of the height of the barn and allows the pretty twinkling lights between the lanterns to really come into their own during the darker hours.

An added feature of Rivervale Barn is that you can hold both your ceremony and wedding reception here – decorate your ceremonial areas with sophisticated, elegant ivory and lace lanterns saving the colour for the celebratory side of the barn. Line the aisle with our laser cut birdcages and flickering candle Buttonlites and if celebrating during the summer months replicate this look outside in the grounds.

Upwaltham Barn, Chichester, West Sussex

Sara and her team at To Have & To Hire Weddings styled Upwaltham Barns with our red and white round paper lanterns creating a cosy countryside vintage feel at this wedding venue near Chichester.

Sara worked with the bride and groom to create an intimate but relaxed setting to celebrate with friends and family.

In a beautiful rustic barn with exposed beams and brickwork it is important not cover up any of the natural and authentic features. Paper lanterns and cotton bunting are an easy, effective way of adding colour to the room in sensitive way. The earthy tones of the brickwork were reflected in the warmth of the red hanging lanterns with hessian flags in the wedding bunting to complement the wooden surroundings.

Sussex Barn, Hellingly, East Sussex

 Strong regal coloured hanging lanterns look fabulous and dramatic at the Sussex Barn.

Crisp white paper lanterns contrast the beams whilst the icicle style fairy lights hung in amongst the lantern canopy draw the eye upwards and add a delicate sparkle to this Sussex wedding venue.

Hanging lanterns at varying heights from exposed wooden beams complements the natural atmosphere at a barn wedding whilst the tulle wrapped around the lower beams is a nod to the more traditional aspects of a big day.

I hope these have inspired all of you blushing brides for your own special wedding day!

The Hanging Lantern Company.


Personalise Your Day!

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Now you have your venue, it's time to add a personal touch, to make it yours! 

There are many simple ways to personalise your day. 


Chalkboards are a great way to add personalisation. You can use them for directions for your guests, quirky messages or even a run of the day.  

If if you opt for a run of the day you will need something quite large so our 4ft chalkboard is great for this.  


 Available to hire from  www.tohaveandtohireweddings.com . 

Available to hire from www.tohaveandtohireweddings.com


Try being as quirky as possible with your messages and signage like: 

  • All the single ladies - Throwing of the bridal bouquet
  • Let there be cake! - Cake cutting  

Pre-printed signs 

These signs are great although they are not personalised to you individually, they can be chosen to pick out your character. 

Table Names

This is a great way to add your personal touch. Some couples use places/countries they have visited. Some use favourite films/songs. The list here is endless.  


 Our log slices can be personalised for your day.   We let you hire the slices and personalise with your name.  If interested please  get in touch .  The flowers shown were created by the talented Emma from  Wild & Green Florists.

Our log slices can be personalised for your day.   We let you hire the slices and personalise with your name.  If interested please get in touch.  The flowers shown were created by the talented Emma from Wild & Green Florists.

Bespoke Items

There are many items you can order that can be bespoke to you. Personally these are my favourite. 



These can be used on floors, glassware, doors, mirrors and much more. These can be personalised in style, detail and colour.  


Aisle Runners

These are great as a welcome to your guests. A great way to add subtle personalisation to your ceremony or as a lovely surprise to a relative on the day, like the father of the bride.

Personalised Prints

We love these prints, they are different and quirky.  Great as a gift for any couple and also look displayed on your wedding day.  Available in lots of colours.

 Personalised prints are available to buy from  us .

Personalised prints are available to buy from us.

Light Up Letters

If you want to add a statement piece then our 5 foot love letters are a must. We also do initials and Mr & Mrs. These add a real wow factor to your day and a great photo opportunity for all the bridal party.


 Shown  here  at the stunning  Upwaltham Barns  with optional coloured bulbs. 

Shown here at the stunning Upwaltham Barns with optional coloured bulbs. 

 Groomsmen having fun with our love letters at  Long Furlong Barn  

Groomsmen having fun with our love letters at Long Furlong Barn  

We hope this has given you some inspiration on how to personalise your day!