Long Dog Events specialises in wedding and event prop hire and are based in Newcastle. We spoke with the founder Jenny to ask for her top tips when planning a wedding and the props available to hire from Long Dog Events.
What made you set up your business?
I worked in the events industry as an events manager for seven years, but always wanted to set up my own company. So when it came to planning my own wedding in March this year it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Most people hire a multitude of items for their wedding but I decided to invest in a number of items that I could hire out afterwards, and I have continued to add to this collection.
Where did the name Long Dog Events come from?
The inspiration came from my long-haired miniature Dachshund Gus – I knew I wanted to name the business after him, and after playing around with different options we came up with Long Dog Events. Since setting up the business we have actually got another long-haired miniature Dachshund called Max so the business is now named after them both.
What makes Long Dog Events unique?
We pride ourselves on offering a very personal and affordable service that caters for a range of needs. We have tried to invest in props that you don't normally find at most prop hire companies meaning that couples don't have to spend a fortune to achieve the look they desire.
What areas do you cover?
We cover all of the North East and we offer free delivery of our props within 10 miles of NE12.
What are your most popular props?
Our most popular items are our vintage delivery bike which comes with a basket to fill with flowers and a personalised message on the chalk board frame, and our replica Royal Mail post box.
Which props do you think are in season for weddings?
Weddings are very personal and everyone wants theirs to be unique however, the rustic look has been very popular including exposed woodwork, birdcages, chivari chairs and hessian accessories.
What wedding styles do you like?
Our wedding was very much a rustic theme to go with our outdoor venue at Brinkburn so I am a big fan of that look. However, I have seen some beautiful weddings recently with different themes including a beach and seaside, the Great Gatsby and a festival.
What styles do you offer?
The good thing about our props is that they are incredibly versatile and many of them can be personalised to fit with a variety of themes, whether it is adding some bunting or oversized balloons to our vintage bike or displaying a naked cake on our rustic wooden cake stand –the opportunities are endless.
Any tips for brides-to-be preparing for their big day?
As a newlywed myself I would say enjoy every minute of the build up and don't wish the time away! I had my hen weekend and a spa day with my mum as well as several dress fittings followed by an essential celebratory glass of prosecco. The time goes so quickly so just enjoy all of the planning and preparation as that is all part of the wedding.