If you are getting married and your priorities are good music, great food, saving money and keeping people on the dance floor then this pretty pastel homemade country wedding is the post for you. It is full of unique ideas to inspire you.
The day was filled with colour and lots of amazing handmade, homemade details (hello giant Pacman!) Long trestle tables filled with wildflowers and candles with streams of ribbon hang from the barns stunning ceilings.
This post is proof that saving money does not mean cutting corners or scrimping on quality. This wedding looks incredibly pretty with its colourful pastel shades and tasteful flower choices. If you are thinking about ways you can save money you might light to listen to our shiny new Podcast. Episode 4 is ‘Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding‘ and you can read the full show notes here.
As ever we are delighted to see our recommended suppliers grace the pages of Rock My Wedding. It just goes to show we truly have the best of the best members on The List. Here we feature Kemp & Kemp, where they knock out some incredible catering.
Photography credit is to the wonderful Holly from Belle and Beau Fine Art Wedding Photography. Holly says “It’s such a fab example of how barn weddings don’t have to be dark and moody!” and raves about the amazing scent of the wildflowers on the tables,
Handmade, Homemade, Helpers and Dance Floor Ambassadors!
“A homemade country wedding where we could have a relaxed, informal wedding party with family and friends”
Jenny The Bride: We tried to make as many of the decorations at the barn as possible. It was brilliant seeing the hundreds of metres of paper tassels I’d been making, crisscrossing the wooden beams and the fabulous gold paper mâché card monster that we talked my mum into making waiting to be fed with cards.
My dad’s homemade hoopla went down really well with drinks in the sun and my clever sister-in-law’s gold leaf place names helped everyone find their spots for dinner.
Chrissy from Fleurtations of Shrewsbury arranged for boxes of fresh blooms to be delivered to the venue the day before the wedding for our team of willing helpers to make into table arrangements.
The flower girl dresses were from John Lewis with cardigans knitted by my talented mother in law.
Our awesome cake was baked by a family friend and decorated by the best, most patient friends I could wish for with only a plastic knife to shape the mountains of butter icing the night before the wedding. Top job Kate and Caroline. Love you!
I didn’t want to waste money on favours that would be left behind or wind up in the bin. I make a pretty damn good homemade lemon meringue fudge, even if I do say so myself so I thought I’d put my talent to use!
We nominated 6 of our guests to be dance floor ambassadors and kitted them each out with a party pack including strings of fairy lights, streamers, party horns and bubbles so they could keep the party going.
The Lure of the Exclusive Hire Venue at Pimhill Barn.
We chose Pimhill Barn near Shrewsbury because the owners, Ginny and Ian, have created a beautiful space that is exclusively yours for the whole weekend. We were able to rope in a team of friends and family who helped us transform the barn with all of our personal touches the day before the wedding.
We chose nearby Clive Church for the wedding. The historic church building needed little help from us to impress our guests. It even had space for us to fit in the Shrewsbury Male Voice Choir who reduced most of our guests to tears with an unforgettable performance of Amazing Grace.
RMW The List Members Kemp & Kemp Smashing The Catering Brief.
Our amazing caterers were Kemp & Kemp. They were absolutely amazing from start to finish. They were incredibly professional and the food was divine. They really understood our brief for an informal shared table meal and presented everything beautifully.
Music, Music and More Music.
Music was all important to our day and was a theme throughout. From the church bells and Male Voice Choir to the carefully curated drinks and dinner playlists and our live band and DJ into the night, every moment was filled with the sounds we love.
We both like to party and love music and couldn’t bear the thought of a cheesy wedding disco. Having a good DJ to get everyone on the dance floor was a priority for us. We found Carl from Deck Heads to be the perfect DJ as he shared our taste in music and was happy to take our requests to shape an awesome playlist. We wanted to start the evening with some live music. We wanted it to be fun and energetic and help set the mood for the night ahead. The Iron Boot Scrapers were the perfect pick, mixing the music hall of the 1930s with the rock of today with unique covers of pop and rock tunes. Our particular favourite was Gay Bar by Electric Six. Pretty sure my nan loved it too.
A Perfect Charlie Brear Dress.
The dress is by Charlie Brear. I had no idea what style of dress I wanted. I loved the style immediately! The dresses are so simple and elegant and there are loads of beautiful combinations to choose from.
After lots of searching, I found the perfect, bespoke, rose gold belt by Magnificence Bridal on Etsy to finish the look. I borrowed a fabulous ostrich feather shrug from one of our lovely guests to shimmy about in during the evening.
A Suit That Costs More Than The Brides Dress!
Andrew bought a bespoke, made to measure suit from Richard Smith in Manchester. He’s a salesman’s dream and was easily convinced to opt for the finest wool flannel material. I still don’t know exactly how much he spent except that it was more than my dress! It was worth it though, he did look rather handsome. The groomsmen wore bespoke, made to measure grey blazers. They had to wear trousers they already had though because Andrew had no money left after buying his suit!
Dahlias, Peonies, Craspedia, Daisies and Roses by Fleurtations of Shrewsbury
Chrissy at Fleurtations of Shrewsbury helped us to pick a stunning selection of pink and peach blooms with plenty of gorgeous spring green foliage. The bouquets included dahlias, peonies, Craspedia, daisies and roses. Andrew insisted on thistles finding a place in the bouquets and buttonholes in a nod to his Scottish routes.
Amy works on The List as Rock My Wedding Supplier Development Co-ordinator and she also writes and produces ‘real wedding’ content. Amy lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, three children and two chickens.