RMW readers Danika and Gary had a tableplan that cost 1p. Anyone know what a 1p tableplan looks like? Rad is the answer. Yeah, I’m telling it how it is this morning.
If you are planning a wedding on a budget then there are more than a few ideas here that you could borrow. Danika used RMW for inspiration during her planning process and confesses to stealing an idea and making it her own on more than one occasion… And now she is back to share her own big day.
That’s what it’s all about – pay it forward people!
A Hidden Gem
Danika The Bride: Our Venue was a real find, after looking at a lot of places closer to home we could not find one that suited our taste and budget. Gary was working in the small village of Church Stretton so we decided to go for a drive around the surrounding area and found the hidden gem of Delbury Hall in Diddlebury. We had always planned on the ceremony being in a Church and on out skirts of the grounds of Delbury Hall was St peters Church. This secured the deal.
The look I wanted for my make-up was natural but with a vintage flare. I have never had my makeup done by anyone before as I am pretty picky, so I decided to do my makeup myself. I looked on the internet for lots of ideas and went to the make-up stands so I could try the products on and wear them for a full day to see if they lasted quite as long as they suggested.
My hair was done by the talented Jen Frost. She is my regular hairdresser and travelled down to do my hair and all my maids. She was there all day with a trusty bag to help with any pulls or falls that happened throughout the day (what a star). The perfume I wore was my gift on the day, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy.
Every Style Imaginable
I really struggled to find the right dress for me, I went to 7 different shops in so many different places, I know this is not supposed to be the ‘done’ thing but I just had not found a dress I loved. Then a friend of mine recommended a shop in Yorkshire called Limelight Occasions.
The shop was amazing; a converted church and the dress room was stunning! A catwalk surrounded by wardrobes with every style of dress you can imagine. Here I found my Essence of Australia. Without a hitch my dress was ordered and I loved it!!!!
The one accessory I knew I had to have was blue shoes. I looked high and low to find some with a high heel and failed, until I found a place called elegant steps. They dye shoes any colour you want. I loved my shoes so much I couldn’t take my eyes of them. My veil was a steal really – I found it on the website preloved, which specialise in all things vintage and it matched my dress perfectly (so I think anyway). To finish my outfit off I got my pearls from a designer called Olivier Laudes, just beautiful.
I had 3 bridesmaids Laura, Lauren and Monique they were all like angels keeping me together and running around helping me pull together my dream day. I also had 2 flower girls and two page boys. We couldn’t decide on long or short dresses for the girls so after trying lots of places and designs we found a website called Fever London for the adults dress and a vintage style dress from Monsoon for the younger ones.
For Gary, his Best Man Adam and Usher Arran who are not usually the suit wearing types they all wanted something smart but comfy with a vintage twist so they opted for bow ties and braces which looked really dapper on the day and kept them comfy too.
Our wedding day fell on red nose day so we had to take advantage of this by getting all the guests a Red nose, which was lots of fun raised a bit of money for charity. The theme of my wedding was vintage, I looked everywhere to get inspiration and found sites like Rock My Wedding where I could pinch small ideas from other peoples wedding and make them personal to us.
A Mixture Of Colour
I am not the most clued up on flowers but I knew that I love the look of a wild field – a mixture of colours and types of flowers. I found a local florist called Caroline Ede I knew after our first meeting she understood what I was hoping to get, and she surpassed my imagination. I have even dried my bouquet and it is now the centre piece on our dining room table.
Bind Us Together
As we held our ceremony in church we had to choose hymns, I quite liked this task but I think Gary had enough of my dulcet tones by then end of them. We chose ‘all things bright and beautiful’, ‘Bind us together’ and ‘One more step along the world’ everyone said they enjoyed singing along to hymns they haven’t heard in a long time.
We also had two readings read by our friends which were ‘song of Solomon 2 v 10-13 and 8 v 6-7 and also the Corinthians chapter 13. They all made for a lovely joyful ceremony.
We love a good boogie when we are out, and love live music so we really wanted a band to reflect this. My aim was to keep everyone dancing all night so I looked on you tube for bands and found ‘Func On The Rocks’ we asked for the extra saxophonist which really was worth it! They were fabulous and so many people said I haven’t sat down yet.. I love this Song!!!
I was so happy.
The food was amazing. The Ludlow Catering Company exceeded our expectations, we choose to give our guests a choice which did mean a spreadsheets and chasing people for their choice but it was worth it. They even provided a bar service for no extra cost! Great tasting and great service!
We were so lucky with our cakes as we have so many talented people in our families, I really wanted an o naturel Victoria sponge with lots of grab and go cupcakes but also wanted to keep in with tradition of having a fruit and I got all three thanks to cousin Cheryl, aunty Diane, aunty Lin. I have kept the top tier to have at the next big event we have.
I think the key to a vintage look lies the accessories and stationery, I wanted everything vintage but it’s not cheap… So all hail DIY!!
We got some real bargains like my table plan a suitcase that was 1p!! We went to B&Q and got some testers of wallpaper we liked and stuck that to the inside of the case! Everyone was asking how we did it, I loved it.
The rest of our bits we collected from various antique shops. Such a fun thing to sift through them. I got some great items for next to nothing. The final thing that was totally DIY was our photobooth. I wanted a photobooth so much but could not afford the £500 rental fee people were asking so Gary got some timber planks cut to size and made a frame. I then got lots of material and lace and draped it over the booth. It was PERFECT and only cost £15. It made for some fab pictures too.
Do It Yourself
I cannot recommend a DIY wedding enough. I did have a great support team around me and it always helps when you have a handy husband to be but it really meant that our wedding was completely personal to us and our friends and family.
I would also say if you have an idea for something do what you can to make it happen and don’t be swayed by other options or similar ideas or you may regret it.
Most brides would say they had the best day of their lives, but honestly marring the man of my dreams with my friends and family to support us helped us achieve the greatest day of our lives ever. We did not stop laughing all day.
Finally, a huge thank you to Richard Skins for capturing everything in our amazing pictures.
Venue: Delbury Hall in Diddlebury.
Boutique: Limelight Occasions.
Dress: Essence of Australia.
Shoes: Pink from Elegant Steps.
Maids: Fever London and Monsoon.
Florist: Caroline Ede.
Food: The Ludlow Catering Company.
Entertainment: Func On The Rocks.
Photogrpahy: Richard Skins.
Love the bow tie and braces… Love those blue shoes… And love those red noses!
1p well spent,