an unintentional harry potter themed wedding | uk wedding blog

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Morning all! Our first wedding of the week and it is this super cute Harry Potter themed celebration. I love how the couple have injected their personalities in their day, from the binary table numbers to the Harry Potter scenes on jam jars. I also think that Rebecca may be the most relaxed bride ever! Her dress didn’t arrive until a week before the wedding!!! Also, I always enjoy a bride in glasses. Rarely represented in bridal magazines but it is such a normal (and necessary) part of so many ladies lives (mine included!).

Photography by Clare Tam-Im

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Due to the fault of the supplier (not the shop!) the dress arrived only a week before the wedding.  I’m not the type to stress though.  I would have worn jeans if needs be. 

My shoes were Esta by Perfect Vintage in ivory (would very much recommend!)

Bride’s hair accessories/veil:  I had a matching veil but I don’t really know much about it apart from my sister found a stain on the one I got from the bridal shop and took it back without my knowing so I wouldn’t get stressed.  They were lovely to order one in special delivery.

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My make up was done by Bridal Makeup By Juliet.  I don’t normally wear much makeup but she made me feel nice and relaxed.  She also had throat sweets for me when I could’t stop coughing.

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On the tables were empty spirit bottles (hard work collecting them!) with flowers in and jars which my decorating dream team (mum, sister, best friend & future sister in law) and me decorated with ribbon and lace.  I also sat down and worked out some of the most meaningful and our favourite scenes from the harry potter books and wrapped them around some of the jars (those were my favorite)

The table numbers were binary as my husband works in IT, which was very confusing for people!

The table plan was a multiaperture photoframe as I am a photographer.

The card box was an old suitcase.  I stuck photos from all the places Gaz and I have been on holiday to the back of the case.  I then took photos of different members of the family holding letters to spell out the word ‘Cards’.

I wrapped tissues with ribbon with little ‘happy tears’ labels on to go on the chairs for the ceremony.

I also bought flip flops and slippers that I made labels for saying things like “get on the dance floor”

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We were initially going to have robot cake toppers but then harry potter started taking over and we ended up contacting a company on etsy and asking them if they would make us a harry potter one modelled on us.  They said yes and it’s amazing!

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We had a photobooth, which went down amazingly.  All the guests loved it (yes there was a little bit of nakedness) We used photoboothMania but unfortunately I would not recommend them as they were not good at getting back to me before the day, turned up late on the day and I never received my password to view my photos online.

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I loved the getting ready part.  I stayed relaxed for a lot longer than I expected.  I loved have people pop in and out of the room all morning for some bubbly and for hair and make up.

This is going to sound really bad – but I loved when we went back to the room when the day was done (nothing saucy!!).  It was a stupid hour in the morning, we had had just the right amount to drink and we sat and opened some cards, just basking in the fact that we were actually married.

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That and spreadsheets.  A lot of very big spreadsheets.


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Emily Eldershaw //

Ahh this is my wedding venue (except our ceremony will be in the church at the end of the driveway!), so nice to see!
Love the Harry Potter scenes on the jars!
Rebecca can I ask where in the venue you put your photo booth as we are trying to work that out at the minute and any other feedback you may have about the venue!
You looked beautiful by the way – Many Congratulations!

Becki Williams //

Thank you 🙂
The venue were fab. I feel quite bad that I apparently didn’t write anything about them!!! I didn’t have to worry about a single thing all day, they were just so great! The food, the wedding planner – everything was brill.
We put our photo booth at the back of the room (back left hand corner if you are facing the back) We weren’t sure where to put it at first because we had a couple of different places recommended but it worked really well there. It was out the way but ‘in sight in mind’ and you could see if there was a queue or not.
I can’t really think of any other venue tips. They gave us an air conditioned room to put our flowers in from the night before. They promised it would locked but we found the door open a few times. Not really a big deal though – i’m being quite picky.
Oh the only other thing was I asked my sister to get something from my room for me but reception weren’t allowed to give her my key, even when I was standing right there. They had to hand it to me and then I had to hand it to her. I know it’s for security but it felt a little silly :p

I hope you have a brilliant wedding day. I can’t believe ours was 9 months ago now!!

Steph - Ivy Ellen //

I love that the bride wore her glasses! So many brides opt for contacts on the big day and end up not looking like themselves – fabulous weddign and beautiful couple 🙂 Congrats!