20 April 2015

The Alternative Guestbook Blog

The guest book, a time capsule, a sentimental reminder of the day.. anything you want to call it and anything you want it to be.  There are a crazy amount of ideas out there, simple, traditional, creative, it can be whatever you want it to be (it is your day after all!). 

From fingerprints to typewriters, some of my favourite ideas are here!  From the most simple of ideas, to the most creative, all of these are enticing enough to encourage your guests to leave a little moment for you.  And it doesn't have to just be for weddings either, any occasion can be remembered with one of these.

I'll start with one of my favourites, our friends over at Bygone Photo Booth, another member of the Glasgow Wedding Collective Team.  Instant nostalgia, as they say, and they're so right.  Starting with a little personalised telegram to you, its vintage every step of the way.  And who doesn't love taking a ridiculous picture in a Photo Booth?  Almost a guarantee every guest will get involved, and a great way to remember everyone who was there and having fun.

Another idea that I love is the, slightly messy, fingerprint guest book.  Here's a beautiful fingerprint tree I found on Little Thimble Gifts on Etsy.

How lovely is that!  And then there is the freedom to pick the colours you want, or have a free for all for it to be your guests designs.  It doesn't have to be a tree either, I've seen plenty where the fingerprints are balloons, flower petals, bubbles and even gum balls in a machine.  The possibilities are endless, and there is the opportunity to personalise it, make the starting picture something that is important to you or just a picture that you adore.  Then you are left with a creative keepsake courtesy of your guests.  A step away from the traditional signatures and guaranteed to catch their eye.

If you have read our blogs before (if you haven't, have a wee peek after this), you will have read that my favourite thing in the Butler and Taylor collection, which wasn't an easy choice, is the typewriter.

If only I could be writing this blog on a typewriter, think I would need to be less reliant on the spellchecker though..  Back to guest books, why not have your guests type up a little message for you?  Vintage and thoughtful!  Our typewriter is available to hire out over at  Butler and Taylor.  I'd be drawn towards it, and I'm sure others would too.  And actually, Claire used this at her wedding, as you can see below, so it must be a great idea!

And after they've wrote them, keep them safe in a little vintage suitcase, like this idea I found on Love My Dress.  We have a few vintage cases that you can hire out too, over on our site Butler and Taylor.

And if you are someone who loves to travel, or fancy yourself as a bit of a traveller (me), why not have a map as a guest book?  Like this one I found on Mary Fields Photography.  Guests can sign the book on a page where they are from, where they met you, endless possibilities.

You could even ramp things up from that, and have a globe at the ready for people to sign!  A little harder to take home afterwards but a great keepsake.

Or why not make use of technology, and have a guest box where they can record you a mini message.    I don't actually have a picture I could find for this one,  but I think our friends over at Franco Photo Booth could step up for the job.  You could maybe even put it next to the typewriter and find out which guests love technology and which guests love vintage, bet it would surprise you!

Which ever one of these you pick, or if you have your own idea, why not make the guest book a whole area of its own and use a good old VW Campervan as the backdrop.  Who doesn't love them?  Here is our lovely, Betsy Blue, who unfortunately has retired from weddings now.

Someone old, something new, something borrowed, something (betsy) blue...

Whats the most memorable guest book you've seen at a wedding?  Or has it ever been replaced with something you've loved?

Hope you enjoyed reading, let me know if you use any of these ideas!  I'd love to see them!

Heather x

12 March 2015

A Vintage carnival - A grand old day based on the greatest show on earth!

A celebration or a circus, a carnival is always fun.  So why not make your party a carnival?  Inspired by a carnival night activity I used to do while working at a summer camp out in the states, here are some of my vintage carnival party tricks.

Lisa Golightly

It could be for a whole party, birthday, hen do or for a corner at your wedding that's dedicated to the kids.

If you want a full on carnival day, start with the invitations, the entry tickets.  Admit one!

Circus Invite Pinterest
Let them know the theme and what to expect straight away.  Even include a tear off section, so they can bring it along and hand that part in, or have the tear off section the RSVP part and they get to keep the actual ticket.  You could even have a ticket booth as they come in, or have a ticket booth style table plan.

I'm sure our friends over at Laura Henderson Illustration could do these for you, they have some excellent work you can see on their site.  Here's some retro sweets they drew up to use as table names at weddings.  Vintage sweets, they've definitely nailed this theme.

Most of the ideas I've seen tend to revolve around a red and white theme, with a splash of yellow, to give it that big top feel.    On the table spreads, the bunting, add some colour and make it feel authentic.

Have a candy corner,  for party favours or just for some little treats during the day.  A lemonade stand,  put your drinks dispenser on to a vintage cake stand to add that extra little retro touch to your day.
Wedding Chicks
Have peanuts, brightly coloured sweets, anything that reminds you of a carnival, displayed all over the stall, entice people with some retro delights.  Candy floss is also a carnival essential.  Our friends over at Some Like it Hot, supply popcorn machines and candy that can be hired out for a day.

And what is a carnival without a ridiculous picture or two?  Here's a picture of one we use at the summer camp, the inspiration for this blog, with an added puppy.

Sticking your head onto a body that doesn't fit, always fun.

The tiny touches for the day..

Have your drinks out in classic glass bottles, make it feel vintage and fun.  Here's some Coca-Cola vintage inspiration.

Vintage Coke, Pinterest

Or how about a poster highlighting the stars of the day?

Curiosity Contained

Ideal for just a backdrop, or why not introduce the hosts of the party on this?  They don't have to be the above names,  but have a carnival themed poster introducing them as the main acts, different ones for the bridesmaids, groomsmen and the families.

And what is a carnival without GAMES?!  There are so many options.

Martha Stewart Weddings

Have a cool roll of tickets to make it authentic, or do as the above and use them as little centrepieces!

Over at Butler and Taylor, we have plenty of games to hire, from board games to Victorian games!

Our Victorian selection includes Quiots, where you are given hoops to throw with the intent of landing them on the post!  More points the further away you are (I'm a little competitive)!   And the old favourite metal hoop and stick, a test for nimbleness.  How fast can you go?  And as you can see above, we have SKITTLES!  So simple, no explanation needed, and endless amounts of fun.

We also have board games, on board games, on board games.. all vintage of course.  We have the most classic of classics, scrabble and pick up sticks and then some more.  The rest include Joey the Ring,  Flag Puzzle and Floundering.  All of these are available to hire from Butler and Taylor.

There are plenty of games that you can make by yourself too, one of my favourites is the ring toss.  All you need are some bottles, and some sort of hoop to throw.  Arrange the bottles anyway you want, or in a little box, and have people throw the hoops from a distance away and try land it on the neck of the bottle.

Another excellent one is the simple stack up some bottles and have people throw a ball at them until they knock them all down.  Can you do it in three?

Anyone been to any carnival themed events recently, did I miss anything out?  Or let us know if you've having a carnival themed party or weddings!

Have a little look at our pinterest board here for more inspiration

Hope you enjoyed!

Heather x

23 February 2015

Make your wedding more glamorous than the Oscars, lets go old Hollywood glam!

Hello, it's Heather here writing my first blog for you guys (and my first ever blog I think!). Keeping in with my slight obsession with film and awards season, the Oscars have inspired me to write about old Hollywood Glamour and how you can theme your day around this.

Once I started looking, there are so many ideas out there for this, so I've tried to limit myself to my favourites, or I'd be here for days on end.
Here's a little inspiration board from Snippet and Ink
It's all very classic, the gold and the white theme, art deco, classic cars and lets not forget the popcorn!
Start as you mean to go on, with themed invitations and save the date cards. There are so many different ideas out there, but my favourites have been the art deco invites and the movie ticket styled invites.
Here are some lovely ones from some of our friends over at the Glasgow Wedding Collective.
This beautiful movie ticket invite is from E.Y.I.LOVE, they have a massive variety of wedding stationary on their site and its all just as great.
This is from the lovely Com Bossa designs, a site full of beautiful bespoke wedding invitations and more.
Both f them give guests an idea of whats in store, and stand out from any other invites. The art deco invite even has a touch of the Great Gatsby about it and the roaring 20's party theme.
Moving on to the tables, name cards and centrepieces, there are a thousand and one ideas out there that I love. Most of them are gold and white, but black and red also make a beautiful old Hollywood theme and I'm sure there are ways to incorporate other colours into it.
Wedding ChicksI adore this numeracy, would be excellent combined with the movie ticket invite. With the mini clapperboard as stand, it's a really lovely personal touch to add to your tables and one that I'm sure wouldn't be forgotten.
These countdown reels are also great as table numbering ideas. If your tables don't have names then you can still make their number cards exciting and allow them to fit into the theme. You could even have theme as a countdown and have your table as the film title card! You can get them from Cobblestone Invites on Etsy.
Anything art deco really will fit in beautifully with the theme. However, if you're looking for a more subdued but still as authentic a theme, here is a beautiful centrepiece I found on the Brides of Adelaide website.

More subdued on the theme, as I said before, but every bit as beautiful. It gives off the classic look and the old Hollywood vibe. I love the little gold frame in the middle. And here's a similar, full table spread I found on the Just Imagine - Home Decor Facebook page.
This one breathes vintage and glamour, the gold and the white and the over indulgent flowers spread around are very nostalgic of the old Hollywood and the glamour of the 20's.
Here are some other little touches to add to the theme. I think the small things really bring it all together and the tiniest of touches can really make it.
Champagne Tower - PinterestA champagne tower is amazing, the vintage champagne saucers really add a special touch to it. These saucers really make you feel like you're part of the theme, and we actually hire them out for these special occasions. Head on over to Butler and Taylor to hire them!
A vintage popcorn machine fits in with those movie tickets earlier, and can be a little treat or a wedding favour. Especially great if there are kids around! Some Like It Hot are a lovely Fife based company who will provide a popcorn machine, an attendant and some other little treats to suit your needs!
And then add some classic movie tunes to really get people into it, we have a Gramophone DJ service that will play all your old favourites from the 20's to the 50's. Oh the nostalgia!
And why not end your day in style and drive off in a vintage car? Here's a beautiful classic Rolls Royce, although I can't guarantee a Scottish wedding will have the backdrop of the picture below!
Secrest Weddings
And while you're getting ready, who said teacups don't give off that old Hollywood glamour vibe? Nobody did. Look at this beautiful shot for inspiration..
La Maison d'Anna GI'll leave you with this for further inspiration for every moment of your day!
City RagHave you ever been at a wedding (or an event) that was centred around just one movie? Share it with us! The more extravagant the better! American Hustle maybe? Love that film. Let us find out what works..
Happy planning! Hope you enjoyed this and there will be more to come from me!
Heather x

20 February 2015

A fresh start. And a fresh face for the vintage lassies.

Hello there, remember me?  Well its only been yet another long while since we’ve dusted off the cobwebs from this vintage lassies blog.  Between parenting, running our wee vintage hire business, setting up a new workshop for it and trying to remain feet on ground – sadly our lovely wee blog has had a little bit of neglect. 

But fear not.  We’re back!

And I have a new face to introduce you to.


Heather is her name and she will be setting up camp over here, as well as on our did-I-mention-we-finally-have-an instagram account, twitter feed, and pinterest…  So, in order for you to get an idea of who she is – I did a wee email interview with her so you can know what to expect over the next few months…. 

Hello Heather, welcome to “the vintage lassies” blog. Tell us a bit about you and your life til now.

Hi, I’m Heather and I’m currently studying Marketing at Napier University, but have taken the opportunity to go on placement with Butler & Taylor. I’m currently living in Edinburgh but have spent the last few summers out at a summer camp in Michigan!

What excites you about being a blogger for the vintage lassies?

I’m excited to share the ideas I have, the things I find, become part of the blogging community and being inspired by everyone else.

We know you're Butler and Taylor’s intern at the moment as well, what do you enjoy about working for them?

I enjoy having the freedom to put my ideas out there, but still having their honest support when I’m not so sure my ‘great idea’ is actually great.

What are your favourite blogs at the moment?

Between pinterest obsessing and pretending I’m an interior designer (while helping my sister design her new flat) – this blog has been one I’ve found on my travels… Oh So Lovely Vintage http://ohsolovelyvintage.blogspot.ca.

And for some viral videos / marketing studying downtime – adverblog is my go-to! I can spend all day watching  - http://www.adverblog.com

What is your favourite Butler and Taylor hire item and why?

I really love the typewriter. I remember having a typewriter when I was younger that I was obsessed with, so maybe a nostalgic like.


You're in Edinburgh; tell us about your favourite places:

I like the Very Vintage shop on Bruntsfield in Edinburgh, it just pulls me in with all the random and beautiful things it has in there. I also really love the new café that has opened on the corner of my road, Odds and Ends coffee, which has a very vintage feel about it, as well as great coffee and lovely people.

And outside of vintage world, where are we likely to find you at the weekends?

At the weekends I tend to be trying to drag a friend to a new coffee shop, there are so many and I want to try them all! Or if I’ve gone home to the Borders for the weekend, I’ve probably found a highland pony to canter around a hill on. My favourite thing to do!

What kind of blogs do you hope to share with us over the next few months?

I hope to share all kinds of blogs, themes and ideas for weddings. And with the Oscars approaching, I’ve been obsessing over Holywood glamour, so expect a little something to do with that in the next week or so.


So stay tuned folks. 

The Vintage Lassies are back!

Claire xxx

28 August 2014

Like vintage props, a scenic drive and some hearty box lifting?

Ok, its time for Butler and Taylor to grow - can you help?

Vintage hire business seeks ad hoc seasonal delivery driver.

We are a creative, exciting and well established vintage hire business who pride themselves in efficient delivery of service and high creative vintage product.

Since starting in 2010 as one of Scotland's leading vintage prop and china hire business-we have until now managed deliveries ourselves but we are now looking to expand and seek a trustworthy, strong, reliable and friendly person to front our business delivering our orders to anything from deluxe hotels, hidden castles, fields tucked amongst rolling hills to quaint village halls.

Candidate must-
- Own their own vehicle (large estate car or small van and be able to access/hire larger van hire when orders require it)
- Be Glasgow based as our workshop is east Glasgow
- Be Strong for lifting heavy boxes on their own
- Be punctual, reliable and trustworthy

Candidate bonus-
- Has a creative eye to do occasional set ups
- Can pull in a friend on the occasion you may need an extra hand

The job would suit-
- An already functioning delivery driver looking to add more deliveries to their weekly schedule.
- A self employed creative looking to see the operations side of an events business and earn some extra cash
- Another event planning businesses who are looking to increase their workload and income.

Note this is not a full time position and will suit as a secondary casual income.

  • Days of deliveries and pick ups tend to be Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays (but can be flexible to suit)
  • Our service region is predominantly central belt and Perthshire but we do take bookings from highlands to north of England.
  • We would generally book your services 3-6 months before the delivery itself and require a guarantee you would be able to fulfil the work with this much notice.  Some last minute bookings can come up as well - so flexibility and reliability for both is key.
Please email us (jobs@butlerandtaylor.co.uk) with experience, reason you are interested and your charges for the below.

Please state example delivery charges from (1 or 2 way)

Glasgow East End - Glasgow West End, City Centre or Southside
Glasgow - Edinburgh.
Glasgow - St Andrews,
Glasgow - Dumfries,
Glasgow - Inverness
Glasgow -  Nairn
Glasgow - Oban.

We plan to narrow the candidates down to a few people followed by an informal meeting or call.

Successful candidates will be contacted subsequently for bookings on an ad hoc basis

Look forward to hearing!

Big Butler & Taylor Love Claire and Jenny xxx

29 May 2013

Twenty Thirteen–Friends, Fayres and Photos…

This year has been a busy one.  Not only with lots of weddings (features to follow later in the year once we’ve gathered pics) but also with lots of collaborations, a couple of press shots, launch hires and a Glasgow Wedding Collective Fayre.  I have popped an snapshot of these collaborations below.

Make Do and Mend - Fabulous Forties at Kelvingrove Museum

Cassandra, owner of The Stitchery Studio asked us to come down and set up a wee “vintage sewing salon” for her make do and mend sewing workshop on the Fabulous Forties themed day at Kelvingrove Museum.  We styled her sewing room with a vintage singer sewing machine and table, vintage style bunting, retro radio and some vintage linens and other props.


Glasgow Wedding Collective Fayre

All our favourite vintage china pieces on show for the “Save the Date” February Fayre in The Lighthouse.  Picture as featured on the Glasgow Wedding Collective Blog

GWC Butler&Taylor photo

Little Botanica Tablescape

As part of the Glasgow Wedding Collective February Fayre, we were delighted to collaborate with Little Botanica.  After a creative session, Little Botanica really wowed us with their styling of the table using our old curiosity bottles and vintage tins as vases, vintage dinner plates as charger plates and topped off with our vintage champagne saucers.  We loved the relaxed feel of the table with the log cut-offs and loved Jenny’s addition of “famous place names”  Pretty funny!  We love these shots by GWC founders Christopher Currie Photography (also love their new site – you must check it!)


Balbirnie Vintage Open Evening

Claire was the Gramophone DJ, Our Vintage cups and saucers were used for welcome drinks, “afternoon tea” was displayed on our cake stands, Lou Lou Flowers used our vases stunning flower displays, Cherry on Top displayed her gorgeous cup cakes on our Vintage Three Tier Cake Stands and we had our vintage toys and games and typewriter and other props on show for the quirkier couples out there!


Best Scottish Weddings Jewellery Shoot

Vintage Cups and Saucers, glass cake stands and vintage doilies all as props for their next issues jewellery feature shoot.  Keep an eye on the next issue!

BWS logo

Three Sisters Bake Book Shoot

Vintage plates, American Milk Glass Cake Stand and some mini milk bottles all made their way to Arran with this talented trio for their book shoot.  Here’s a sneak peek.


(photo by Helen Cathcart, book out next year on Hardie Grant Publishing)

Ziggy Sawdust & Paper Aeroplane Pop up Shop

Jenny pointed me in the direction of Amy Dolan – owner of Edinburgh based furniture designer Ziggy Sawdust.  I have since become an avid follower on Pinterest and was delighted to be asked by her and Fiona of Paper Aeroplane to help with their cake display for their pop up shop running NOW (and only until 29th May – so hurry along!).  Go spot our cake stands!

ziggy pop up

 The Red Shoes - Tramway Production

We occasionally get odd requests for props – which we love – as a vintage sourcing challenge is right up our street!  However when Eira Szadurski emailed requesting old china (“the older, grubbier the better”) I knew there was going to be an interesting reason!  It turns out is for this exciting project – Red Shoes – created by Judith Williams - she is looking for items to dress the set.  I happily gave Eira the contents of our “damaged” stock (which I’ve been keeping back for a time such as this) and I can’t wait to see what she does with them!

The Red Shoes: Family Day is an interactive performance for the whole family on 2nd June 12-4.

Family Day Red Shoes


Such a fab bunch of collaborations up our sleeve for the first six months of the year!  And we have some super exciting ones coming up in the next few months too. Watch this space! Until next time folks

Love Claire x

27 May 2013

Vintage Barn Wedding Venues in Scotland

Since 2010 when Butler & Taylor was founded, we have met some lovely creative couples, worked with some super wedding suppliers and some stunning venues.  After a wee quiet patch of blogging due to a mix of family time with little Rubin and dedicating any time I do have to my inbox as opposed to here – I’m back!

And today I wanted to share some venues we’re found along the way, so today it’s all about Barn (and Village Hall) Wedding Venues folks! 

Vintage Barn Wedding Venues

We had a “DIY” affair – and there’s so much to be said for finding that “nugget” of a blank canvas venue to splash your own style onto! 

Here are a few of our favourite more hidden venues along with some old classics (not all seen in person, but all recommended)

The Byre at Inchyra – new!

I found out about this Perthshire venue few months ago, and I’ve been looking forward to blogging about it.  Whenever I write a blog, I obviously try and source great pictures.  I was DELIGHTED when these stunning pictures appeared on the blog of Edinburgh photographers KITCHENER PHOTOGRAPHY.  Once you’ve read this post, do make a point of sifting through their pictures, as, wow!!

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Kinkell Byre

Kinkell Byre is one of the larger and more established “barn venues” featured, and is one I’ve had personal experience with when planning events in my previous job.  It’s still a totally blank canvas, but with some already beautiful touches in place. Cosy spaces, barrel bars and lighting a plenty.  It’s nestled behind the golf dunes of St Andrews, and has the wow factor.  Again, I’m drawing from the KITCHENER PHOTOGRAPHY archive for these stunning pictures.


Errol Park Stables

This is an A Grade A Listed Stables Venue with Industrial style Floor to Ceiling Windows, Vaulted Ceilings, Cobbled Courtyard and Stunning Scenery! I found these fab pictures below from Crofts & Kowalczyk Photographers from Edinburgh – I love that wood panelled room and vintage props! Look like they belong there rather than hired, perhaps?! Beautiful!


Errol park Perthshire barn wedding vintage2

See below that grand Gateway peeping through cobbled courtyard!  Stunning!

Errol park Perthshire barn wedding vintageI

And to round the night off…perhaps a courtyard fire… I think so! (picture from Errol Park Website)



Cormiston Farm – new!

Ok, so we found out about this farm near Biggar through a couple who we are supplying our vintage kids toys and games package to. (do contact Butler & Taylor if you are interested).  And we think it looks just great.  A smattering of charm, a dollop of impressive views and a flock of alpacas – what's not there to love?

Cormiston Farm2

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All pictures from their facebook page - Its still a “work in progress” and the plan to be fully open in 2014. Follow their facebook page for all the latest.

The Three Sisters Bake Village Hall – new!

I’m really excited to see this venue, just on the outskirts of Glasgow in Quarriers Village.  Aside from being a fellow Glasgow Wedding Collective supplier, they seem to have created a roots-y empire of loveliness between their catering company, cafe, venue and now soon to be written book! (which we supplied props to for their book shoot last week, very excited to see them!)

I’ve been invited out for tea, to have a spy of their venue which I hope to do soon, but until then, take a look at these pictures taken by One Big Picture Photography

Three Sis Venue2

ThreeSistersBake-7Three Sis Venue 

Finally, to finish this post off, I want to share some better known classic Barn/Stable venues - Crear (West Coast) / Kirknewton Stables (nr Edinburgh) / Hopetoun House Stables (nr Edinburgh) / Harburn House Rondavel (nr Edinburgh) / Ledard Farm (nr Aberfoyle)

If you know of any more that I’ve missed, please post in our comments.

We have also put together a pinterest board for “Barn Weddings” with lots of ideas. See this here:


And don’t forget our vintage collection for hire through Butler & Taylor including full dinner service, tea set hire and cake stands, vintage lampshades, suitcases, typewriters -  all perfect for a DIY affair!  Click below to see our full range…


Any more DIY wedding ideas or a Vintage Wedding Venues worth sharing, don’t forget to get in touch below.

Love Claire x