Good morning! I hope your first week back in the real world went OK? I have been easing myself in gently (re trying to ignore all my emails) so it feels good to be back to our usual schedule. We are starting off the week near Manchester, there are so many great venues in and around the city. Definitely have a look if you’re in The North.
photography | Hayley Baxter
Hair accessories/veil: Slide in hair from Etsy/no veil
Hair – Sonya at Brandon May, Didsbury, Manchester / make-up – done by myself
The perfume: Dior Hypnotic Poison
Dresses – Jacques Verte, shoes and accessories their own
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: 2 best men – Moss suits / Jaeger ties / own shoes
Bouquets and Button Holes from The Flower Lounge, Didsbury, Manchester. Table flowers – roses from Aldi (only £3 a bunch), Vases made by myself and my mum, roses arranged by my mum on the morning of the wedding.
At the Old Parsonage we had canapes from Marks and Spencer and Prosecco from Aldi. At Eleven Didsbury Park the put on the food and drink – hot BBQ buffet. We also brought a cheese wheel cake from Marks and Spencer and crackers and chutney for the evening snacks.
There were so many! Seeing all our family and friends coming together and having such an amazing time really made our day. My dad’s speech – it was a relaxed wedding and we weren’t really planning speeches as we didn’t want the best men or my dad feeling under pressure however a few days before my dad said he wanted to say some words, on the day he was quite nervous but still did an amazing job. He told a story about his boiler breaking the night before and this stressing him out whilst trying to write a speech and his worry that he wouldn’t be able to shower on the wedding day – everyone thought it was just a story for the speech but it had actually happened!
At the Old Parsonage we had a string quartet playing us down the aisle and throughout the drinks reception. At Eleven Didsbury Park – Sam Fitton – Magician, Craig Bevan – acoustic guitarist and singer, music in the evening – playlist we put together
Mini moon – All Inclusive in Turkey a few days after the wedding for 5 nights. Main honeymoon in January 2016 – Bangkok, Koh Samui, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore for just over 2 weeks
- We got engaged towards the end of December 2014, started planning from then and married in September 2015. I don’t think you necessarily need as much time as people take.
- Consider a wedding on a Friday – it’s cheaper than a Saturday. All our friends and family were able to come.
- Our ceremony was at 4pm we wanted something relaxed and thought this also meant that the day went really fast and there was no waiting around for anything.
- If you want a really good quality dress but don’t have too much to spend then look out for wedding dress shops having sample sales where you can get quite good reductions.
- Think carefully about budget and what things you are happy to make savings on by perhaps doing yourselves. I think we got the balance right and by saving money on things such as table flowers, no favours, my friend making the cake – we were then able to spend more on entertainment such as the string quartet and magician, which people absolutely loved.
- Get an amazing photographer! At first we had thought about asking friends to take photos as photographers can be expensive. However reading about the stresses this causes and disasters people had on the internet we were really put off. Hayley was recommended to us and we couldn’t have been happier. It is really worth spending money on a good photographer – the photos we have are absolutely amazing, she caught the day beautifully and we have these to look back on in years to come. If you are spending a lot of money on your dress, your flowers and the venue – all of which are for one day – it makes complete sense to spend money on a photographer to capture the amazing moments and make these things last forever.
Where did you find your inspiration? We wanted something as relaxed as possible and local. The vintage theme goes well with relaxed and is something that you can do yourself. We are lucky in that where we live we have some amazing people and businesses working in the wedding industry so this was our starting point.