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In Search of the Perfect Wedding Hair

Life at The Vino Van means a lot of wedding parties, and that’s no bad thing.  Who doesn’t love a wedding? It means we also see a lot of the planning work that goes on behind the scenes. We also get the chance to work alongside many other professionals who all team up to ensure the big day, and everything connected to it, runs like a dream.

(A wedding we attended this year)

One of our favourite brands to work alongside is Salonista, who provides wedding hair services that are second to none.  Don’t just take our word for it, Salonista has been nominated in the British Wedding Awards, we have also both appeared in Wedding Ideas magazine too. A true dream team; Prosecco tastes all the better when you’re having a good hair day!


We asked Salonista for their top wedding hair tips, here’s what they had to say.

Current trends for bridal hair are still casually relaxed, undone-looking hair-ups and Bohemian waves adorned with floral halos or vintage-style jeweled hair bands and clips.  For the best results it’s a good idea to book a bridal hair trial in to coincide with a dress fitting.  Research your looks so you can discuss them with your hair stylist.  We make a Pinterest board that the bride and stylist can pin to so we can bounce ideas off one another.

Questions we are commonly asked include; will my curls stay in? Will my hair stay up? Will it go flat? This is where a detailed consultation proves its worth.  We are honest, if a bride’s hair is nothing like the model’s she’s chosen then we say so.  We want our brides to look as good as they would like to!

Salonista offers a full range of hair and beauty services and can be found in The Old Village, Corby and Market Street Mews, Kettering.

Check out – Facebook: Salonista Ltd


Pimp Your Prosecco

There is, of course, absolutely nothing wrong with a simple, straight-up glass of Prosecco, it’s one of life’s great pleasures, but sometimes it’s good to give the nation’s favourite tipple a bit of a makeover.  We’re not on our own here either, Love magazine asked us recently to contribute some of The Vino Van’s best-loved Prosecco based cocktail recipes.

There are plenty of ways to give your Prosecco some extra va-va-voom; whether that’s with fruit, herbs or all-out glitter and sparkle – who doesn’t love extra sparkle with their bubbles?  Exactly.

Let your imagination run wild, but if you need a little bit of inspiration to get you going here are a few of our favourite recipes.


Create an exciting ruby red cocktail with the help of Chambord> http://www.chambordchannel.com/  . Made from black raspberries in the Chambord province of France, this is a great liqueur to have in your drink cabinet.  The crown shape bottle is super-cute, too.

You’ll need


15ml Chambord



  • Pour the Chambord into a champagne flute
  • Add a couple of raspberries per glass
  • Top with Prosecco
  • Cheers!



Meet one of The Vino Van’s best-selling cocktails and all-round wedding celebration favourite.  Elderflower gives a really delicate floral flavour that’s tempered with sharp mint and lime slices.  A great one to get your party started right.

You’ll need


25ml elderflower cordial

2 slices lime

Sprigs of fresh mint

Make it

  • Add a tablespoon of crushed ice to a champagne flute
  • Add elderflower cordial and lime slices
  • Top with Prosecco
  • Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint
  • Chin chin!


Perhaps one of the simplest ways to pimp your Prosecco, but definitely one of the most show-stopping.  Perfect for celebrations and just right for the coming festive season.  Popaball> popaball.co.uk  is a fun addition to any drink, choose from edible glitter or bursting bubbles – yes, that’s extra fizz to your fizz.

 You’ll need


Popaball Rose Gold Shimmer or Shimmer Bubbles

Make it

  • Add the recommended amount of Shimmer or Shimmer Bubbles to a champagne flute
  • Top with Prosecco
  • Party!

How do you pimp your Prosecco?

Top 10 Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding

It may not have escaped your notice that weddings are getting more and more creative.  A great many couples are forgoing the traditional indoor affair and are instead opting to mark their big day outdoors.

The Vino Van has provided the fizz at some wonderful outdoor weddings and we’ve learned more than a thing or two in the process! So, how do you plan an outdoor wedding? Here are our top ten tips for making sure your day goes smoothly.

1.Give me shelter.  Even in the height of summer we are at the mercy of the great British weather, therefore some kind of shelter, whether it’s a marquee, barn or even a canopied area, is essential to take cover in.  It can easily double up as the evening venue too.

2.I’ve got the power.  That beautiful barn you’ve been coveting might be a bit light on electricity.  The Vino Van has its own generator so we can set up and serve bubbles anywhere.  And we very often do, but your band will thank you for an electric hook up when they come to plug in the amps…

3.If you’re planning your wedding somewhere off the beaten track make sure that you’ve got good signs for your guests to follow.  This is also crucial for hired help too. Nobody wants to be driving around windy country roads with a wedding cake on board!

4.Ensure that allocated parking is accessible, even if the weather is less than favorable.

5.Providing your own transport? You’d better check that the vintage bus you’ve got your heart set on is suitable for the location.

6.Get your permit of approval of premises ticked off for a wedding anywhere other than a chapel, church or approved wedding venue> https://www.gov.uk/approval-of-premises-for-civil-marriage-or-civil-partnership.  Don’t worry about your TENS (Temporary Events Notice) for serving alcohol, we’ll sort that out.

7.Beat the chill. Even in the summer it’s pretty much guaranteed that it’ll be chilly at night.  Think about having a basket full of lightweight blankets for guests to wrap up in. Consider unexpected rain showers too and provide a stash of umbrellas to save those beautiful hair styles.

8.Having fun with props to match the wedding theme makes all the difference.  The Vino Van is versatile and we’re more than happy to make sure that it fits in with the order of the day.  We love accessorising with hay bales for rustic themed weddings, along with items such as personalised crates> http://applecrates.co.uk/product-category/weddings/ that not only look fantastic on the day but make a great keepsake too.

To match our converted horsebox, we love to work alongside Hoofbooth>  https://www.facebook.com/HorseBoxWeddings/ who have created a beautiful photo booth from a horsebox.

9.If you’re planning an outdoor wedding then you’re going to have to think carefully about footwear.  We’ve seen some brilliant brides rocking their wellies with their dress.  We love these> http://www.wonderfulwellies.co.uk/best-wedding-wellies/

10.Get your lighting right and you can create a really magical vibe in the evening – and your guests will be able to see each other too, of course! Fairy lights draped around trees and metal chandeliers are beautiful as are pathways of storm lanterns. Clusters of tea lights in recycled jam jars are cheap and effective too.  For other areas electric spotlights will add definition.

An outdoor wedding can be a truly wonderful experience. If you’d like more information on planning yours then drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help you.



Nobody can say that The Vino Van is nothing but versatile!  Our recent involvement at a product launch for an exciting new cider company proved to be a lot of fun, and it tested our bar-keeping skills somewhat, too.

Pipewell Hall is generally considered to be one of the best wedding venues in Northamptonshire and is home to Shawn and Trudie Baker.  The couple, who provide wedding venue management at the stunning Grade II listed mansion, have also been extremely busy lately with the development of Bad Boy artisan cider and the launch of its sister product, Bad Bitch.

We were invited to the launch to help Shawn and Trudie create a memorable and quirky event that people would talk about and remember. Memorable and quirky we can do!

Bad Boy artisan cider is already getting all the right attention on the market, but its Bad Bitch that is now taking a turn in the spotlight.  Aimed at the hen party market, the cider, like Bad Boy, is made on site at Pipewell Hall. It is deliberately cloudy and made from a single variety of apple – Dabinett, currently sourced in Hertfordshire, though Shawn would like to source a more local supplier in the future.

On the day we welcomed guests to the launch with drinks to get the party started and we were more than happy to wear Bad Bitch branded t-shirts while we did so.  Although The Vino Van has a distinctive personality of its own we’ve always offered the prosecco van out as an extension to any branded event, using host’s individual banners and collateral to complement the event.  The van looked great with the Bad Bitch banner displayed outside and it was agreed that we are a pretty good match.

Welcome drinks were followed by a talk by Shawn, who told the story of the brand so far.  It was inspiring and interesting to hear how passionate both he and Trudie are about their craft still cider and particularly the new addition of Bad Bitch.

The launch of Bad Bitch is exactly the kind of event that we love to get involved in.  We’ve always done everything we can to make sure any function we’re part of runs smoothly. On this occasion that meant rolling up our sleeves and mucking in behind the cider bar.  Situated in the cellar of the house, the bar had been set up especially for the launch and was the perfect place to continue the party.

For us it was great to show how adaptable The Vino Van is and how much fun it can be to pair up and collaborate with another local business.

We wish Shawn and Trudie every success with Bad Boy and Bad Bitch craft ciders and look forward to working with them again.   Can we keep the t-shirts? Please?!

If you’d like The Vino Van at your event then contact us for a chat.

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