This afternoon’s wedding is a beautiful example that you can have your dream wedding day on a budget to suit you, as long as you’re up for a bit of DIY and clever sourcing!
Bride Adele literally gave everything a go or was clever enough to involve her family & friends to help! She made her invitations, brought & prepared her own flowers and her mum helped make part of her wedding dress from a sketch she drew; how special.
My favourite part by far has to be the dedicated ‘Lads Area’ with hay bales, cigars & whiskey! I bet they absolutely LOVED it! and I can definitely see more grooms requesting their own private areas!
Adele The Bride: We wanted a fun, relaxed wedding with all of our friends & family and we felt so blessed when a friend said we could use the grounds of their beautiful home as our wedding venue. We decided to put up a spacious marquee and chose local company Lynes Marquees. We thought about the different guests that were attending and incorporated different areas; we had a noisy dance/bar area and a chilled out area with hay bales, blankets & magazines so people could chat. There was even a dedicated ‘Lads Area’ so they could enjoy cigars & whiskey! The spacious marquee also gave us peace of mind in case it rained!
I wanted a simple dress so I felt comfortable throughout the day & I could dance. I knew a big fancy dress wouldn’t be appropriate for me as I’d be spending most of my day in a field! The top part of my dress was a ‘pop over’ by Sincerity Bridal from Prima Donna Bridal in Norwich and the underneath part was made by Mum based on a sketch I drew. I finished off my outfit with shoes from New Look and headband from Accessorize.
The colour scheme was loosely calm nautical to embrace the laid back relaxed feel of our day & to celebrate our love of the coast – Jonny is a keen surfer! We chose trestle tables so guests could chat more easily and to keep costs down I purchased a lot of things from the high street. I made table runners from Ikea striped duvets and used Asda single sheets for table cloths (much cheaper than hiring!). I collected lots of glass bottles, added fairy lights and bought candles from Matalan & the Range to create soft mood lighting.
I did the flowers myself (with zero experience!) with the help of my mum & a friend! I really loved doing it! I collected vintage bottles from charity shops and Gumtree and then the morning before the wedding I went to Norwich market & supermarkets and chose my flowers! I tied up my bouquet with floristry wire & decorated it with striped nautical ribbon from John Lewis.
We supplied our guests with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream as wedding favours for outside the church. Our main meal was provided by Anglia Hog Roasts and then we had antipasti & nibbles in the evening bought from local deli’s & Aldi all plated up by a friend! We brought wooden cutlery from Amazon and biodegradable palm leaf plates from The Wholeleaf Co.Napkins were sourced from Paperchase and our friend Jon made our wedding cake for us.
The invitations were homemade by myself and incorporated a layer of printed tracing paper, blue & white fabric and a card layer tied to a piece of ‘driftwood’. The order of service was printed on ivory & brown kraft paper and had photocopied personal doodles on, I then use off cut pieces of fabric from the table runners to tie a ribbon around it.
My advice would be to make your day your own, you don’t have to follow traditions or spend a fortune to achieve your dream wedding, prioritise the things that are most important to you. We chose to splashed out on an amazing photographer as we knew that would be the lasting memories, we also wanted to provide delicious food for our guests as a lot had travelled a long way to be there with us. Delegate things that you are clueless about or find boring; my father in law was amazing at organizing the generator for electricity!. Use lots of your local companies & food producers where you can as this will add to the uniqueness of your day; We had local Norfolk beers served that went down particularly well!