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On a surprisingly sunny Saturday in October, TLC hosted a River Thames Wedding Showcase to demonstrate our offering to potential brides and grooms alike. The boats were moored at Butler’s Wharf Pier and dressed according to different themes and styles. Guests were free to explore each boat whilst indulging in some delicious bites prepared by our caterers, foodbydish. In the run up to the event we worked closely with both existing and new suppliers to provide quirky decorations, delectable cakes and delicious cocktails.

The Edwardian was styled to the theme of an afternoon tea party, a popular choice for brides at the moment. This quintessentially British ‘meal’ was started by the Duchess of Bedford to overcome ‘that sinking feeling’ during the late afternoon. It is a truly sumptuous option for traditionalists and fashionistas alike. From an elegant vintage tea party, with mismatched crockery; to a traditional country fete; to a quirky Alice in Wonderful theme with fizzy accompaniment – you really can play around and have fun! Pea Green Boat, an online party paraphernalia emporium stocking beautiful, original and stylish decorations, helped us to dress the vessel. Dainty lace picado bunting, name places and wooden table numbers added an extra touch and made the afternoon tea as pretty as possible!

For the more modern bride, our super chic and contemporary vessel the M.V Erasmus was popular. Tall vases of arum lilies and bursts of balloons provided a pop of orange throughout the boat. Guests enjoyed our sleek sushi bar, situated on the upper deck. While sushi isn’t necessarily top of the ‘typical foods to serve at your wedding’ list, that shouldn’t stop you from offering it on your wedding day. The trick to making sure it works with your reception and doesn’t conjure up late-night karaoke bar memories? A beautiful display such as a cool moving sushi belt! And what better way to wash the bites down than with some Lychee Martinis or Ginger Mojitos made by the guys at Stagg and Barber?

Our most popular wedding vessel, the Elizabethan, oozed opulence with beautiful floral displays from our florist, Roses, and a lovely upgrade table frosted with crisp glassware.

The upper deck provided a fresh space for guests to mingle in the sunshine with the large retractable roof whilst enjoying the blini bar or sumptuous cupcakes from the brilliant bakers at Bea’s.

Bea’s of Bloomsbury started their cake shop so they could be part of the community and be involved in special milestones. Who remembers the main courses at a wedding? No one – but everyone remembers what the cake tastes like!

At Bea’s, they especially design their cakes so that they have both style and substance. With host of flavours and fillings, the sky really is the limit and we were able to try a real array on the day!

Our largest vessel, the Dixie Queen, provided a central space for suppliers and guests to mingle and discuss ideas. ‘Not Your Average I Do’, a prop-hire and styling company, helped to dress the Dixie to her finest. Enough of the samey chair-backs and candelabras! Who wants to settle for an average wedding? LOVE lights formed the focal point of the room and pretty lanterns dotted around the ceiling added a soft, warming touch.

Despite feeling fit to burst, it was hard to resist the couture canape bar aboard the Dixie Queen, where chefs prepared four types of delicious canapes. Most notable was the beetroot wafer and truffled goats’ cheese with golden beetroot salsa, delicious!

All guests left full of both treats and ideas after having a fabulous day aboard all our vessels! We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make the day possible.