Local Wedding With Local Suppliers
Shelley & Sam:
Sam and I always knew that we wanted to get married in Lewes since moving there together five years ago. We knew it was meant to be when the renovations were completed on the Grange Gardens registry office
the year we got engaged. Especially as we walked the beautifully kept grounds countless times, dreaming of having a ceremony here before the renovations had even begun. We also wanted to be our own planners and do everything ourselves to curate the ultimate DIY wedding.
We aimed to keep the majority of suppliers local: the groom/best man’s corsage, bridal and bridesmaid bouquets were all done by Go.Botanica
, a lovely local florist based at Lewes station, and our entertainment was a local DJ - Fruitful Soundsystem
- who specialises in soul, disco and Motown – the best kind of music to guarantee the dancefloor was full all night.
Our photographer was Sussex based Dale Weeks
, who I always knew I wanted for our wedding (way before Sam even proposed to me) We both loved his artistic style and non-formal approach, completely fitted in with our laidback wedding vibe. His candid shots were exactly what we were after, especially as Sam isn’t a big fan of being in front of one. The resulting photos were absolutely perfect.
Beautiful Eco Friendly DIY Village Hall Wedding For Under £5k
Sam and I share a love for the outdoors and nature, so we wanted a woodland influenced wedding. We designed the invites together (the bonus of having a graphic designer as a partner) and kept the design/theme throughout the wedding - including table plan, recyclable cup stickers, and the food labels. We kept the decorations green with an array of foliage which we foraged the day before the wedding (all sustainably sourced and with permission from the owner of a private woodland) which made up our centre-pieces and all the decorations throughout the reception hall. This made the room smell beautifully of the great outdoors with pine, fresh foliage, and added lavender and rosemary. Our tables were represented by different woodland animals such as pine marten, badger, woodpecker etc. These were all made from card paper-cuts by my incredibly talented brother. All of these added touches meant that everything was compostable and recyclable so it was all eco-friendly, in particular the palm leaf plates, wooden cutlery and green disposable napkins. It meant clearing up after was extremely easy and no washing up in sight.
Right from the beginning, we both said we didn’t want a hugely expensive wedding. All throughout we stuck to our budget, proof that you can plan a beautiful and successful wedding all for under 5k!