Morning! Three more weddings to show you then it will be Christmas!!! I am trying to get all my post scheduled so I can take a little time off over the holidays. I really want to read and just laze around rather than worry if I have enough content scheduled. January and February are always the busiest months for readers (old and new) so I want to make sure there is enough content for you to get stuck in to over Christmas and New year.
I am still really loving grey bridesmaids dresses (and grooms wear) and I hope that it continues in to 2015. Chris and Ellen’s wedding day seems so wonderfully relaxed. Ellen also gives some excellent money saving tips so make sure you read on. I do love a savvy couple.
Little Flower Room (www.facebook.com/little.flowerroom) . I had no idea about what flowers I wanted, other than they shouldn’t be too structured. Becky at Little Flower Room was really patient with me and suggested
Rachael Dutton (www.rachaeldutton.co.uk ) . I had a trial with Rachael a few weeks before and I’d definitely recommend this – it made me feel much less nervous about how I’d look on the day. Rachael and I had a lovely time at the trial – I think it’s important to make sure you get on with all your suppliers, particularly anyone that you’ll see on your wedding day. You want to make sure you are with people that make you feel comfortable and happy on the day itself.
Nancy Jane Brides (www.nancyjanebrides.co.uk) / Monsoon bridal. My dress was by Eternity bridal, and it was a one shouldered design. I’d tried on a few asymetrical dresses and loved all of them – it’s definitely not what I thought I’d go for beforehand, but once it was on I changed my mind! I went to about six bridal shops but got my dress from a shop at the end of my road, which was incredibly handy. The staff were fantastic and I ended up having my flowers done by Becky, who runs the bridal store in the upper floor of her shop, and a florists below. My lingerie was from Betty and Belle (www.bettyandbelle.co.uk/bridal-underwear-32-c.asp) which was one of the best parts of wedding prep – they have a gorgeous shop and the appointment felt like a treat!
Bride’s hair accessories/veil: Pearl tiara from Jon Richard at Debenhams – absolute bargain in the blue cross sale! I had a fingertip length veil from Nancy Jane brides. For me this was one of the best parts of the outfit – I really felt like a bride once I put it on.
Bridesmaids’ dresses were from Coast – Lori Lee lace maxi in grey . It was an absolute nightmare tracking these down – I think we had the last two size 10s in the UK! They were sold out online and it took visits to a LOT of different stores before we found two dresses. Their shoes were from Dorothy Perkins and bracelets from Accessorize.
Manchester Town Hall. Neither of us wanted to get married in a church, but we wanted somewhere that had a sense of occasion and impressive architecture, so the Town Hall was perfect. We also liked the location –there are lots of hotels and public transport available, so our guests weren’t restricted to one expensive type of accommodation.
Rachel Joyce photography . We liked Rachel’s relaxed photography style as soon as we saw her website. It was really important to me to have someone I felt comfortable with, especially as I wanted photographs taken while I was getting ready. We have had so many comments on our gorgeous photos – we both love them.
All of Chris’ outfit was from Reiss. I didn’t realise that you could negotiate on price with high street stores, but when we went to choose his suit, he managed to get a free shirt thrown in, plus a discount on the new suit! Shoes were from Slaters.
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: Best man and ushers’ suits, shirts, tie and shoes were all from Slaters.
Ellen’s Mum made the cake – she was really excited to do it, but it wasn’t without its dramas! Making sugarcraft flowers turned out to be much much harder than expected…but fortunately Ann at Ann’s Sugarcraft Heaven (www.anns-sugarcraft-heaven.com/ ) came to the rescue at the last moment, making beautiful flowers to decorate the cake with only two weeks’ notice. Ellen’s Dad had to drive over to Leeds the day before the wedding to collect them, but it was definitely worth it. We had so many compliments on how the cake looked.
We made our wedding invites ourselves using Vistaprint – we used this template and set up a wedding website for RSVPs which was noted on the card – http://chrisandellen.are.gettingmarried.co.uk/ . The placecards, table plan, and table numbers were from Ebay. It was much cheaper than we’d thought to have printed name cards and a plan – neither of us have great calligraphy skills, so this was definitely something we wanted!
We didn’t have a theme, and we didn’t have a huge amount of venue dressing. We thought the venue’s architecture was so beautiful that we didn’t need much. We had fresh flowers on the registrars’ table for the wedding, which were transferred to the top table – there’s no point in wasting them on the 30 minutes ceremony. Then Stef at Events Fairy (www.facebook.com/pages/Events-Fairy/325555424278115) did beautiful chair covers and sashes, table swagging, and centrepieces. I found Stef on facebook and her services were an absolute bargain – she also consulted with me throughout and sorted everything on the day with no fuss. Having chair covers completely transformed the look of the room and lifted it into something that felt really special.
Mini tubes of love hearts with our names and wedding date on. These were from Ebay too, and again, I was surprised at what great value for money they were! We also had ‘advice for the bride and groom’ questionnaire cards on the table which went down really well. We got a great mix of genuine and very funny tips which we’ve really enjoyed looking through since the wedding. We also had bubbles, which were fun – Rachel got some great shots of our guests playing with them.
The Town Hall did all of the food – soup, roast beef, sticky toffee pudding, so very traditional. We had lots of compliments on the food, especially the curry that we also had in the evening. The vegetarian option of individual goats’ cheese lasagnes was also lovely; Chris chose to have that as he enjoyed it so much at the tasting. We had a drinks reception, wine with the meal, and then a bar open til 1am. We also did a sweet bar ourselves using jars from Ikea.
I loved the moment where we were announced and walked into the room where our meal took place. All the initial nerves were over, we were so happy to be married, and we walked into a room with all our guests smiling, clapping and cheering. It was fantastic and I love the photos of this bit of the wedding – I think they really capture the feeling.
Do things that you can early. You can start to stockpile things like favours, table decorations etc months before the wedding if you have space – and it also means that you can spread the smaller costs each month, so there aren’t lots of additional expenses at the end.
Enjoy the food tasting if you have one! We loved ours – lots of free food and wine… what’s not to like?!
Join local wedding groups on Facebook. You can find recommended suppliers, great deals, and even if you don’t book with anyone, it’s great for inspiration.
Consider having a wedding website. You can put so much more information on there than an invitation, it makes it easier for people to RSVP, and there is an option to have interactive features like our ‘choose a song’. Ours was only £20 with a personalised address, and no adverts, but you can get them for free.