So, as it turns out it wasn’t just me that got a little bit too excited over yesterday’s matrimonial offerings! You lot all went more than a bit giddy too. I suggest you all take a deep breath, count to three and then calm down… otherwise you’re going to be wear yourselves out and need a nap before lunchtime (not good office etiquette).
Ok, back to RMW reader Lauren and part 2 of her Vintage inspired big day.
James is a massive fan of cheese, and with a 6.30pm hog roast feast (supplied by the Fab Portfolio Events), we wanted to treat our guests to a mid evening snack that wasn’t overly filling.
Alistair at Food Hall in Northampton was thoroughly helpful and advised on our British cheeses to make our Cake of cheese. We topped the ‘cake’ off with Neufchatel, the heart shaped cheese from the local town where James’ Dad has a French home.
For our blessing we booked Manor House Music opting for the string duo to complement our intimate ceremony. Like Jenny (from What Jenny Did fame) I wasn’t a huge fan of Snow Patrol’s version of Chasing Cars but performed on a violin and a viola, it was beautiful.
For the after party, The Potter Group, resident at one of our favourite clubs provided Motown, soul and R’n’B to keep all ages happy.
Sparkling On The Dance Floor
Our first dance was to John Legend’s Stay with You and we chose it because it was fairly short, as well as having beautiful lyrics.
Our guests held an archway of sparklers to lead us into our first dance. For me this was a magical moment but sadly James’ shirt got burnt with the falling sparks!
Flavours For Favours
With no seating plan and a very informal layout, we opted to lose the favours but used Dodmoor’s sweet dresser with our own jars to treat those guests with a sweet tooth.
Home is where the is
The general rule for the décor was not to buy or make anything that we couldn’t incorporate into our home later on.
I am now the proud owner of many tealight holders, vintage bottles, homemade blackboards, apothecary jars, and chicken wire frames that will adorn our next house (sadly there’s just not enough room in our teeny terrace). Not to mention the dozens of fabric hearts that my Mum made to hang around the venue.
Last year my Auntie gave us my late Uncle’s typewriter so James and my Dad lovingly restored it to use as our guest book. We made our own vintage style postcards and have some beautiful, thoughtful and very amusing typed messages from our family and friends.
Our Brother-in-law Toby designed our stunning invitations and helped us use elements of the design in our wedding signage. I bought a couple of punches from Hobby Craft and used them to create thankyou tags on our order of ceremony, as well as tags for the sweet stall, sparkler buckets, bathroom basket plus reserved seating signs, drinking straw flags and customised photos of our wedding party. We used and abused our poor printer as we printed everything ourselves, an extremely time consuming task that I wouldn’t rush to repeat again but is perfect for the bride on a budget.
Toby also designed our drinks menu detailing our something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue themed welcome drinks.
From This Day Forward
More work than you could ever imagine goes in to a DIY wedding. I wouldn’t change it for the world though as every single detail had a personal touch. Just be prepared for projects to take 5 times longer than you think even with the help of your nearest and dearest. Start early and take advantage of all offers of help!
James is my soul mate; we have an amazing life together and are truly committed to each other. We are also very lucky to have been blessed with a wonderful group of friends and a family who we adore so we wanted to show them a fabulous time to thank them for their love and support.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little pressure to live up to their expectations of a great day, they were so excited and enthusiastic. I really didn’t want to let them down!
I am very envious of brides who aren’t fazed by the little hiccups on the big day (a theme I noticed in a lot of blog posts). So when little things went wrong on the day, I was thoroughly disappointed in myself that I was a tiny bit gutted.
My advice would be to be to be realistic – things don’t go to plan but these are things that add up to make a truly memorable occasion. Your guests deserve to be treated but don’t forget they are there to share in your happiness on the most incredible of days.
Piccies Rebecca Honeywell
Place Dodmoor House
Dress Maggie Sottero – Vanessa
Shoes Flatiron from LK Bennett
Headpiece Rock n Rose
Make-up Liza Smith
Flowers Manic Botanic
“Cake” (Cheese!) Food Hall
Well, there you have it. The typewritter is such a romantic touch (yes even men can spot a nice bit of romance from time to time!)
All the hard work and loving collaborations that went into the preparation for this vintage inspired wedding have really shone for all to admire, there is more eye candy on display here than even 10 Dodmoor’s sweet dressers could provide!