Morning lovely readers. Did you have a good bank holiday? We went out for brunch, went for a drive in the rain, got soaked in thunderstorms, finished watching True Detective, re-watched Saving Private Ryan and ate lotssss of chocolate. This rain seems never ending, blue sky has been lacking since Wednesday so today’s wedding seems so very apt.
As far as DIY weddings go, this is a rather epic one. Whilst I am a total advocate of real flowers, if you have the skills why not craft your bouquet like Jo did. Her reasoning was that she didn’t like the waste of flowers after a wedding, which is true I guess. She gets to keep her bouquet forever, mine only lasts in photos. There is so much heart and soul in this wedding, it comes across so well in the photos, I hope you enjoy!
Brides Hair – Michelle’s Hair Studio in Barrow-in-Furness. Excellent service and free consultations – as many times as the bride wanted. The hairstyle for the wedding wasn’t even one that was initially practiced. The bride sent a new picture to Michelle the day before the wedding and she practiced it on a friend before the big day. An excellent job.
Brides Make-up – Jaye Adams, Cockermouth
Shoes are from china – Ebay. Dress is from Lacy Days, Ramsbottom. Designer – White Rose. This dress is currently for sale too as the bride would like to put the money towards their new campervan!! Lacy Days again were very friendly and personable. Excellent service and would highly recommend.
All (button holes, corsages, bouquets, table decorations, wands) created by the bride using creative skills from GCSE and A-Level textiles and has since set up her own business called Pippy’s Patch. She didn’t like the idea of the flowers going to waste after the wedding.
Flower Girl dresses – These became a problem that the bride had to solve using her creative mind! The dresses were originally being donated from a friend who owned a dress factory as a gift. They were requested in white to match the brides dress and then a different colour sash would be worn by each flowergirl. On trying the brides shoes (which were white) with her dress, the bride soon realised that her dress wasn’t white it was a pale ivory – panic set in about the flower girl dresses – they are not going to match!!! With the creative head on, the bride searched the internet and ordered 3 white party dresses from Vertbaudet along with 3 different coloured washing machine dye’s and dyed them all different colours. This saved lots of money as they were on a budget!
Flower Girl accessories – the shawls were knitted by the brides mother
Bridesmaid dress – again problem arose with this dress too! It was decided that the adult bridesmaid would be wearing colbot blue for the wedding so off to the Trafford Centre to find something suitable. Dress bought, all good. That was until the bridesmaid told the bride she was pregnant and would be quite large by the wedding! Dress returned and replaced with a stretchier version from Ebay!!
Flower Girl wands and gifts – the wands and gifts again were handmade by the bride now Pippy’s Patch (personalised bags in the flower girls colour, sock monkey’s and pound shop bodies!)
The theme for this wedding was a relaxed, festival theme. The Teepee’s were hired by The Kata Company (highly recommended and not as commercial as other providers). However we did have to help with the finishing of the flooring and with new, never had gel nails thats not always easy! All bunting, table runners, flowers, table centres, paper heart hangings were made by the bride and groom in the weeks approaching the wedding – Pippy’s Patch hits again!
A donation was made in honour of the brides Grandad to Cancer Research and the brides nana and grooms Grandad to British Heart Foundation. Photo’s of loved ones that couldn’t be at the wedding were placed on the cake table. All guests were also given a drinks voucher to buy their own drink at the bar for the toasts instead of having wine at the table.
In house catering – BBQ. Very relaxed and enabled everyone to have what they wanted and as much as they wanted. A chocolate fountain was also on hand in the evening for more nibbles (Wonka’s Chocolate Fountain – again excellent service). And if that wasn’t enough chocolate the adult bridesmaid and her daughter (Flower Girl) made chocolate cake pops for all the guests!
The Cake – With a love of camper vans the couple requested the cake as a gift from the Brides Aunty – another creative family member! She now has a business called Angel Creations.
The music whilst meal was taking place was a playlist put together by the bride and groom and then the in house DJ took over for the rest of the night. Looking back, a band might have been better.
Favourite moment – as part of the hen do, the bride asked a friend who happened to be a dance teacher to choreograph a dance to ‘PJ and Duncan Lets Get Ready to Rumble’, for the girls to perform in the evening without the groom knowing! It worked really well with a few secret practices the night before. The groom didn’t have a clue!
Another great moment was the bride and grooms first dance – a really good laugh that got the crowd going – this time choreographed by the bride (Avicii – Wake Me Up), although parts of it were ‘winged’ as the groom couldn’t remember the moves!
It was also really nice to have friends from New Zealand as guests, one in particular travelled especially from New Zealand to be with the bride and groom on their special day.
Advice – make what you can yourself, its so much more satisfying and you tube in a great place. It also leaves you more money for the honeymoon! Use a scrap book to collate ideas and annotate with your own twist. Relax and involve the groom as much as possible (even if its just running ideas past him), its his day too! If you are planning a wedding that lots of people have to travel to and are staying the night previous – the bride and groom of this wedding organised the Bower House Inn to provide either hot pot or chilli and rice sty a discounted price which was served once all the guests staying had arrived, its a great icebreaker for guests to mingle and know each other before the big day.