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Vintage China Hire in Dorset

Vintage tea with cucumber sandwiches

21st Birthday at Moreton

We’re always amazed by the fabulous pictures we get back from people hiring Vintage Dorset china for special occasions – it makes us smile to see our old lovelies being used to such good effect!

Our recent customer testimonials have also been really touching. So, thank you to all of our clients this summer – we’re so pleased you found us and had such wonderful vintage events we could be part of!

Vintage tea party

>More about our pictures and Vintage Dorset

We share pictures of our china and accessories online so people can see our stock being used in-situ and know what they can expect. Our vintage china pictures are of crockery from our own collection being used at genuine events – we don’t buy pictures from marketing companies or use stock library images – what you see is what we have available to hire.

Madeline's 60th birthday for 80 guests

Dorchester wedding

Dorchester Wedding – 200 guests

Anna's wedding

East Close Country Hotel – Wedding with 95 guests

Alice's party

Alice’s birthday tea for 6

Getting Ready

Getting Ready - for a DIY Wedding - 20 cake stands

Hen Party

Village Hall Hen Party for 12 mixes vintage china with the venue's own

tea party

21st Birthday Tea for 40 guests

Ethical-wedding-supplierChoosing an Ethical Event Planner

Vintage Dorset prides itself on being an ethical supplier. We like traditional values, being honest and working hard to give great customer service. We prefer to keep our hires local so we don’t have a big environmental footprint, we minimise waste and always aim to offer excellent quality and value. We don’t charge extra for weddings. in fact, we don’t often go to wedding fayre’s either as they can exclude small companies who offer couples better value for money and more choice than corporate or large firms. However, we do co-ordinate our own vintage events, promote community based vintage activities and work with charities and local venues to showcase our ideas.

If you are considering vintage china hire for a retirement party, anniversary, wedding or birthday or are looking for an event planner to help you with your special occasion here are our top 5 tips for choosing a company you can trust:

  • Look for pictures from real events We all love photo-shoots to show off our most prestigious pieces and individual details – but pictures of real events will give you a feel for what real events can turn out like

Mad Hatter's ball

Mad Hatter's Ball using 150 Vintage Dorset tea cups

  • Experience and scale? Lots of event companies are small businesses – but that doesn’t mean they should be lacking in experience. Ask how many guests the company’s largest events were recently and if there are pictures? Can you see a portfolio of real events or speak with past clients & read genuine testimonials?

vintage table setting

Setting up a wedding for 200 near Dorchester













  • Local and linked in? Does the company operate locally? Local companies will know local venues and can help you get the most out of your event and put you in touch with good local suppliers. In emergencies a local company can also help overcome problems. On one occasion when a caterer’s electric water boiler conked out at a wedding, Vintage Dorset delivered our gas urn to the venue within half an hour – only local firms can offer this kind of help
  • Meet up and work things out Good businesses will help you work out what you need without taking every opportunity to sell you something. Meeting with your event planner face to face, seeing accessories first hand and talking on the phone are important steps to deciding how your event will work. Most companies won’t charge you for an initial consultation. Full event planning services do have costs – but event planning should save you money and sleepless nights overall
  • Who are all these fans? With so much social marketing available online sometimes its easy to think a business must be brilliant because of all of its twitter followers, fans and facebook “likes”. Beware of businesses who “buy” followers to boost their online presence or recruit lots of business followers to make their company seem popular. The best companies use social marketing to post information about what they’re doing, share news of related services and ideas, update you with regular news of events and keep their website up-to-date with a regular blog.

Whoever you choose to help you with your event management, remember its your day and you should enjoy it! Your event planner should be there to make things easier and help you get excellent customer service and value.

Published by annie, on 5th October 2011 at 8:38 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Vintage China Hire in Dorset

Bridport Hat Festival

If you are were away for Ascot, weary of The Wedding and too tired for the Tweed Run then you’re still just in time to make it to the best Hat Wearing Extravaganza of the year – the Bloody Fabulous Bridport Hat Festival!

Bridport Hat Festival 2011

Bridport Hat Festival will be on the weekend of the 16th, 17th and 18th of September 2011. There are lots of incredible events planned including musical entertainment, workshops and all sorts of curious and fabulous competitions

There’s lots to come and see and it’s easy to take part; simply wear a hat and join in this splendid event celebrating hats and the people who wear them

Vintage Dorset - steve and linda in hats

Vintage Dorset is proud to be one of the sponsors for this amazing event! look out for us in your Programme! We applaud Snooks of Bridport and the Hat Festival organisers for providing this opportunity for elegance, style, vintage finery and fun!

Well done those very fine chaps!

Order of Events

Friday 16th September

Saturday 17th September

Bucky Doo Square

  • From 10am -3.30pm Bucky Doo Square – musicians playing throughout the day
  • Mass Hat Photograph 12.30pm
  • The Devon Strut Fly-Pass 12.45

Events at the Bull

  • From Livorno to Luton – Hats and their hidden histories
  • The Ballroom Talk and Afternoon Tea 4pm
  • Hat Making Competition results 5.15
  • Fascinators & Cocktails 6.30
  • Frolic DJ Collective 7-9

Other Events Saturday

At Bridport Millenium Green

  • The Amazing Cream Tea Shack
  • The Shepherds Hut
  • Jalopy Pizzas
  • Bridport Gig Rowing Club
  • Classic cars

Sunday 18th September

For more information see the Hat Festival events pages

Published by annie, on 14th September 2011 at 7:35 pm. Filled under: Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Bridport Hat Festival