Now then, where to begin on the decor ideas-that-are-simple-inexpensive-and-lovely…
Floral fabrics underneath your centre “piece”, some raffia tied around your chair backs (a great alternative to bows if you’re having a more rustic affair), log place settings (possibly the greatest home-made place settings I’ve ever seen)….
You get the (pretty) picture.
And then of course there are Kelly and James’s portraits…
They are immense.
The Perfect Fit
John Day was our photographer, we had both said the most important things to use were the rings and the photographer as they were the two things that lasted forever. We saw he had done a wedding at Stanway before and just felt in love with his work. We both prefer natural shots rather than posed and so his style fitted perfectly with our wedding.
On the day he was so great, totally chilled out and really friendly and he fitted in well with James’ family when we sat him down for some food! They loved him!
Old Skool Baking
Being on such a budget, a cake was at the bottom of our list. We weren’t too fussed about having a cake but wanted something to celebrate the moment as it were. One of my best friends Mum was chatting to me about it one afternoon, and said she would happily make 100 scones for us! She is an old school Mum when it comes to her delicious cooking so I said yes without hesitation! She delivered them to the barn on the day and we had those with tea out of our vintage china that we had sought from car boots throughout the year.
It was perfect plus informal just like we wanted.
Country, Western and Classic
We had a band that James knew through a friend. They sing a variety of old and new stuff in a kind of country and western style which was brill. I also had Lizz Lipscombe as violinist in the daytime, I found her when shopping in town one day – I passed her playing and had to ask! She also played in the church. She was lovely and people commented on how fantastic she was.
We made all the favours from scratch! My friend who wanted to help build up her wedding business ordered me some Forget-me-nots as James and I decided we wanted to give people seeds in keeping with our farm theme. I then spent a day making the packaging. I use brown post office paper and folded the back into a little envelope fixing it with double sided tape. I then punched a hold at the top and looped some sting though. I used small brown luggage labels to write James and Kelly 6.8.11 Stanway on and attached some floral fabric too. I then roped in the help of a friend from school and we stamped ‘FORGET-ME-NOT’ on each one. On the day I sat them in everyone’s teacup like a little vintage teabag.
With James being a farmer and use not having much of a budget we wanted to make the wedding as personal to us as possible. Right at the beginning we knew the style we wanted and brainstormed some ideas with our friend who had wanted to start her wedding planning business. From this we knew what we needed and it was a case of hitting every car boot throughout the year!
My favourite things about the tables was a brilliant idea James had. His cousin delivered logs to people for their wood burners and so on, and James thought about having placemats for everyone with the date branded on the top. This cost us nothing and added so much to the wedding tables. People took them home along with their seeds and their heart.
We sourced all of our vintage china ourselves which we laid on the tables straight away. The napkins were tied with rope and the chairs tied with raffia. We had fabric hearts hung from the raffia which were an idea Kat, who was getting some wedding experience had come up with. We sewed them ourselves and some people took them home as a little keepsake. Underneath the birdcages in the centre of the table, I bought some floral fabric from ebay, each table had different fabric and this gave the table a bit more of a country feel to it.
Our table names were baby farm animals, which I made using an embossing kit. Our table was called Old MacDonald. For our table plan we used a rustic bird cage I found in a shabby chic shop and attached luggage labels with the names on. We then hung pictures from the luggage labels of the baby animals so people had to work out which table they were on from the picture. Below the table plan I printed off lots of black and white pictures of James and I as kids. I placed these in little heart photo holders and lay them on a rustic brown table covered in buttons and doiles. Our name tags were vintage rusty old keys with a luggage label. (People took these home too!!)
I Married My Best Friend
I am a street dancer and was so keen to get the whole crew ie bridesmaids/ushers in for a routine, but as expected it went down like a lead balloon with the men! James and I talked about doing a secret routine ourselves and altough James said he would I could see it wasnt something he was doing for any other reason than to keep me happy. So we decided on ‘our song’ in the end which is ‘You’re my best friend‘ by Queen, and just for fun we added Only Fools and Horses to the end and had a silly boogie to that. It seems to live on our television! ha ha!
Our caterers were fantastic. The Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power were such amazing value. They did the bar, the toast drinks, the day food, the evening food, the tea and coffee and staffed the whole event. We had a hog roast with salad in the day and a BBQ in the evening.
Sticking To The B-Word
Practically the whole day was done by James and I, right down to laying the carpet, washing all the china and sourcing it in the first place, hand making all the invites, all the favours, making the photobooth, designing the logs and all the details in between and I can’t tell you how much it meant to us to be such a big part of our wedding. The whole day reflected who we are as a couple and everyone was able to relax and enjoy themselves.
We did our wedding on a budget of £9000. Slightly over what we had planned or could afford but the attention to detail was still there, it’s just about roping in all the favours you can and getting stuck in yourselves. We are so lucky to have such amazing family and friends. All our bridesmaids, and groomsmen helped throughout the process and spent the two days before setting up the barn with us.
Catering – The Hollow Bottom
Photographer – John Day
Reception Venue – Stanway Tithe Barn
Favours And Decor – The Bride And Groom!
See? LOTS of details for you to be inspired by.
And you can make the majority of them yourself….
I ruddy loved this wedding.
Big Budget Busting Love