Wedding Dresses – Why White?

Ahead of our two wedding fayres at Lancaster House and The Wild Boar on Sunday 2nd March 2014. We thought we would follow up our Weird and Wonderful Wedding Traditions blog with a look at the traditional white wedding dress we so often see at our five individual Lake District and Lancashire wedding venues.


In the west we often accept the tradition of a white wedding dress as a staple part of  the wedding celebration and assume that it has always been the case.

Not so, the white wedding dress fashion was initially introduced as a  protest against the effects of the industrial revolution! Below are a ten interesting facts around wedding attire… Continue reading

Itsy Bitsy Vintage at The Midland Wedding Open Day

Following on from our short blog about Anthony Padgett, a featured supplier at The Midland Wedding Open Day we spoke to Carol from Itsy Bitsy Vintage who will also be at the hotel on Sunday to discuss planning your perfect vintage wedding.

Itsy Bitsy Vintage outside The MidlandItsy Bitsy Vintage is an experienced service for vintage loveliness in Lancashire, Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. For vintage weddings, celebratory tea parties and unique events, Itsy Bitsy offers vintage china hire for up to 120 people, bunting, prop hire and vintage styling.

With authentic vintage china, a wide collection of vintage and antique props from the Edwardian period through to the early 1960’s, they work with clients to add a period feel to their celebrations and compliment the architecture of their chosen venue. Whether you choose a fun eclectic seaside celebration, a summer English tea party or a glamorous Great Gatsby wedding, Itsy can help create your look.  Continue reading

Kick up Your Heels at The Midland Wedding Open Day

Anthony Padgett dancing at The Midland for Vintage By The Sea 2013

Anthony Padgett dancing at The Midland for Vintage By The Sea 2013

Following hot on the heels of his 1930s Afternoon Tea Dance with dance tuition at the Vintage-by-the-Sea event, Anthony Padgett will be returning to The Midland as part of The Midland Wedding Fayre on 27th October 2013. Anthony will be playing some classic vintage tunes on his wind up gramophone and would love to chat through specific wedding dance possibilities!

Anthony who has been dancing for 18 years, and his dance partner Stephanie Sturgess along with 20 of their dancers featured in the BBC One series “Turn Back Time”. The program follows 3 families who lived the lives of working, middle and upper class families from 5 different periods in the 20th century. It was Anthony and Stephanie’s job to show the upper class family how to really kick up their heels, 1920’s style for their night out at The Midland Hotel.  Take a look at the below YouTube clip.  Continue reading