Welcome back for the seriously bright and cheerful wedding of Emma and Neil. Nothing like a bright Pink Gerbera to brighten up the day eh?
All the fresh modern photography is by Steve Gerrard. Make sure you go check out his website if you want to see some more seriously kick-ass Rock’n’Roll Photography.
Eye Popping Brights
We wanted flowers that were really bright and tied in with our colour them (pink, purple, red & orange!) – Hearts & Flowers, Warwick, did an amazing job.
The men had pink gerbera button holes, I had a gorgeous hand-tied (organza) bouquet with gerberas and dark red and white roses, the bridesmaids also had gerberas which went perfectly with their dresses.
Instead of having flowers in vases at the church, I wanted guests to be able to have lovely flowers to take away – I also loved the thought of walking down an aisle of flowers 🙂 We ordered extra gerbaras and our page-boys did a fanstastic job of handing them out as they walked down the aisle. (People also brought their flowers to the recpetion so we were able to use them on the tables as well)
The right photographer was really important to us – we wanted to avoid what we’d consider cringe-worthy style pictures and we needed someone who got who we are and what kind of pictures we were looking for.
As soon as I saw Steve Gerrard’s Website – the picture of the couple with the traffic cones, awesome gig and band shots, the beautiful, creative photos – I knew he would be perfect.
Steve was lovely to have around and the pictures speak for themselves 🙂
A Cheese Cake
I was so excited about the wedding cake! Again, we wanted something alternative – we both love cheesecake so it was amazing to discover the English Cheesecake Company!
They do incredible cakes and deliver all over the UK – We went for 2 Giant Cookies and Cream Chocolate Fudge Cake (7.2 kilos!) and an ‘In full Bloom’ cake on top with chocolate roses and a heart disc with our names on – tasted AMAZING.
No to the Cheesy D-I-S-C-O
Our biggest ‘NO’ for the wedding was a cheesy disco!! We knew we wanted a great band that all of our guests would love – I came across Alive Network who list bands and our contact was so lovely and helpful.
We hired an 8 piece funk band called ‘The White Keys‘ (previously called Soul Education) – They were above and beyond anything we had hoped for – they are fantastic and the dance floor was filled by the end of the first song – would definitely recommend them.
We weren’t really in to the idea of an official first dance with everyone watching, so instead we just jumped on the dance floor to the first song the band played and we had also asked them to play (but not formally announce!) – Kings of Leon ‘Use Somebody’ as it’s a gorgeous song.
Sowing the Seeds of Love
Loved this part – We made up bags of sweets (with haribo ‘wedding theme’ sweets i.e. rings, love hearts etc) and gave them to our guests as they arrived at the church. We also used seed-paper for our Order of Service so people could take them home and plant them and grow flowers as a keep-sake 🙂
I’m from Weymouth, Dorset and we both love the beach so our home-made invitations replies were sea-side themed post-cards.
We had a cream-tea reception at the church (collected lots of tea-pots from charity shops), and we had buckets of sand on each table to hold table numbers. Neil designed an amazing butterfly table planner and table numbers/names – We went for ‘our favourite places’ as names for the tables.
We wanted our friends to be part of the day and also to use recycling where possible – Friends of ours designed some beatuiful butterfly place-names which balanced on the wine glasses, another friend designed a canvas butterfly hanging which went behind the wedding cake. We had fun making our own candle holders with recycled jam jars and glass-paints!
Making it Ours
Our wedding day was special to us because it included the people and things we love the most – we could see that everyone had a lot of fun which was really important to us.
Advice from a Bride
In terms of advice I’d say..
Don’t be pressured by anybody to do anything you don’t want to (especially in terms of what is considered ‘traditional’) – be creative, have fun and do what you both want to do.
Brides, I would definitely recommend looking at wedding dress shops in stores like House of Fraser – they have similar versions of designer dresses at a fraction of the price. I’d also recommend letting your bridesmaids pick their dresses (you can go with them and be part of the shopping) – means that they will be loving a dress that suits them and that they are comfortable with.
Before buying decorations \ favours \ invitations etc have a think whether you or friends could make them instead… try to be as eco-friendly as possible… Make your own invitations and if possible, marry a graphic designer! 😀
We hired a local school-bus company to transport our guests – Amazing price compared to coaches a lot of fun!
Remember children in your planning – we really wanted to make sure that children who came to our wedding had the best day and were as welcome as the adults – we had an early dinner for children and we also hired a soft-play area from Tickety-boo to go inside the marquee, which the children loved! (It also kept them entertained during dinner and the speeches).
It was really helpful to have lots of ‘wedding day plans’ printed out so that everyone who’s part of the wedding knew; what’s happening, when and where and the contact numbers for suppliers.
I also had quite a few girlies staying in the house the night before and the morning of the wedding and we found it so helpful to have a bathroom rota so there was no last-minute-fighting-for-the-mirror stress! 🙂
Your wedding is going to be one of the most amazing days of your life!! Enjoy! xx
Well said Emma and congratulations to both of you from the RMW team. This is one seriously Kick Ass Wedding 🙂
Are you going to be foregoing tradition and funking up your wedding?