Morning all! Did you enjoy yesterdays wedding? Gorgeous wasn’t it? Well, we have another today, with a slightly similar (and my favourite) theme. I don’t think we will ever tire of dogs and bunting at weddings will we? Village hall weddings offer a great blank canvas for a very reasonable price, something to look in to if you are struggling to find somewhere. (Lincolnshire has a fine selection of village halls btw).
Hackthorn Village Hall, Lincoln
Wild/country flower mixture for the venue from Flowers by Suzanne. The bride’s bouquet was a full brooch heart-shaped bouquet and the bridesmaids’ bouquets were chiffon with a brooch detail. Bouquets were purchased from Brooch Bride (www.broochbride.co.uk) and were handmade to our requirements. They looked beautiful and were unique to us, the brooch bouquet had hidden details such as Barry’s initial added etc. so it was personalised.
There was no theme as such, we just wanted the wedding reflect our country lifestyles, be relaxed and suit and make the most of its surroundings. Draping, chairs, table and linen was hired from Mudford Marquees (www.mudfordmarquees.co.uk). Bunting was all handmade. We also hired festoon lighting (www.iasoundandlight.co.uk) so we could make the use of the courtyard. Our friend kindly provided some hay bale from their farm to act as additional seating outside also
We order seed packets with a mixture of wildflowers, they doubled up as name settings as each one was personalised with our guests’ names and with our choice of picture and text (www.wildflower-favours.co.uk)
Bride’s dress /shoes: Jenny Packham dress purchased from Andrea Bambridge’s Bridal shop in York. A costly purchase but I thought it was absolutely stunning, after the alterations it was so comfortable and I felt lovely in, which is an important factor in choosing the dress. You try on several on but you just know when you find the one, especially if it brings a tear to the eyes of those at the fitting with you.
Bride’s hair /makeup Friends/family; as natural as possible
The perfume Viktor and Rolf Flower Bomb – my favourite
We hired Adam Pond a singer/pianist. He played two sets, one as day guests walked from the church to the hall and had a drink prior to the wedding breakfast and the other set as the evening guests arrived. We were lucky to have our wedding on one of the hottest days of the year so he played outside in the courtyard.
Our evening entertainment was provided by The Natterjacks (www.thenatterjacksofficial.co.uk). They are a fantastic indie folk duo and we requested they played our favourite song of their album (Be Assured) for our first dance. They were a little surprised at the request as it not your usual slow dance but as the banjo etc. went it full swing it gave us an opportunity to get all our guests to join in. They played two sets with a mixture of their own material and covers of well known artists such as Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers etc. and the dancefloor was full each time, guests even requested an encore.
The village hall had a stage, lighting and speakers so we played our own playlist in between the band, to keep the dancefloor full.
As guests walked from the village hall to the reception we had ‘Betsy’ a lovingly restored 1950’s ice-cream van (Betsy Bedford – Vintage Van Co on Facebook). It was an added etc. to the day as we bumped into the owner whilst walking our dogs in a local village, she had a cancellation on our day and we took the opportunity to book. It went down a treat, on one of the hottest days of the year, even the vicar had one.
Our wedding breakfast was afternoon tea. A lady in our village who previously run tearoom had begun holding pop up vintage tearooms in various village locations and more recently had started to cater for functions. We had sampled her offerings are a pop-up in our own village and thought they would suit our day perfectly. They served in 1940’s era clothing on their own collection of fine china and we were offered a selection of home-made sandwich fillings, tarts and cakes catered to your needs (agreed at a consultation prior to the wedding).
In the evening we hired a hog roast from the Bowser Brothers (www.bowserbros.com). Their meat is provided by local quality assured farmers and their bread rolls are baked fresh for a local bakery. It was well received by all guests and some definitely had seconds or thirds.
Tatton Tower cheese cake purchased from Churchmouse Cheeses (www.churchmousecheeses.com ). Great service, it is couriered chilled and you assemble at the venue (it comes with detailed instructions and fruit etc. for decoration). Guests thought it was brilliant. We didn’t want a traditional cake as we felt it would look to formal and due to us having afternoon tea for the wedding breakfast it would have been cake overload, so accompanied with various crackers and bottles of port.
We thoroughly enjoyed our wedding from start to finish. The sun was shining, the ceremony was beautiful and all our suppliers matched or exceeded our expectations. Our photographer captured the day brilliantly and seeing our friends and family have a great time, meet new people etc. was lovely. The day filled us with a magical feeling, we were running on adrenaline and excitement and neither wanted it to end.
Be organised but try not to over think things, what will be, will be. Don’t worry about things you can not control such as the weather, just plan for all eventualities so that it runs smoothly e.g. if the sun is shining or the heavens open. Plan the day for you not for your guests and remember the real reason you are getting married in the first place. Everyone will have their opinions but you have to do what’s right for you, kindly take on board their comments and suggestions but ultimately make your own decisions Our aim was to enjoy the day; we wanted it to be relaxed and a celebration to remember and that’s how we approached it, this was reflected as the majority of comments after the day that we received mentioned how enjoyable and relaxed the day was which was nice to hear.
The most important thing is to enjoy it. Seeing your plans come together is incredible but all your hard work sadly has to come to an end, so make sure you make the most of it.