If you read our Saturday Sneak Peek you would have seen the incredibly pretty centre piece from Alena and Nick’s summer wedding. You would also know that Alena put it together herself… as well as the buttonholes and the bouquet, which is quite frankly, one of the loveliest I’ve seen. And it cost £12. Yes that’s right folks, TWELVE ENGLISH POUNDS.
In fact Alena may not just be the Queen of the D.I.Y Bloom but also one of the most practical and straight-talking brides with regards the dreaded B-word (shhh budget!)… we have ever featured, her honest account of the trials and tribulations of W-day planning is well worth a butchers.
All of the gorgeous images are courtesy of Dominic Whiten.
I had to finish my own make up as we were running out of time but had a girl from Hair on the Move to do my hair. I had a trial with her before the wedding to determine the style I needed to go with my romantic retro chic look. She was great.
Made For Me
I tried many dresses and quite a few of them were nice enough but I didn’t feel special about them, until I was brought a completely random dress from Ian Stuart (well above my ideal budget) and I nearly didn’t try it as it had a very different look to what I had in mind. But the moment I put it on and saw myself in the mirror it brought tears into my eyes; strange, as I was already fed up with getting dressed and undressed all the time.) It was made for me and I knew I didn’t need to try anything else; the dress was me.
My accessories all came from the same shop. In fact, I believe the choice of accessories determined a little the choice of my dress. Nothing else could better replicate the look I had in mind; that retro look that just went so well with the history of our house and the tea parties our predecessors used to hold in the 1910’s, in the very same garden where our wedding reception would take place.
The most important thing for me was a pair of shoes I could handle the whole night and shoes I could dance in for hours-which I did. They had high heels but were very comfortable, made of nude/pinkish suede. So not typical wedding shoes but rather something I can wear again. Anyway, who will see them under the long dress?
The Most Important Things
My colour theme was vaguely silver with dusty pink, but our wedding was really relaxed. We didn’t ask anybody to wear anything particular as I find there are so many other things more important about a wedding; we just wanted everybody to feel relaxed and comfortable; we aimed for a stress free day.
The Smartest Groom
My husband looked stunning. He was the smartest groom on the planet. We chose his suit fabrics together and he had his morning suit made by the tailor who he has been using for years.
I did my own bouquet, the button holes and also all the table decorations, as I thought the quotes some wedding suppliers were giving me were ridiculous and I didn’t think the outcome really justifies the price. I used the flowers and greenery we had in the garden, mainly hydrangeas and I also bought some bouquets of roses and other flowers in our local garden centre. The cost of my bouquet was about £12 altogether and it looked beautiful!
I bought a lot of different things for my table decorations on ebay, including silver plated ice buckets, and candle holders. I paid a lot less than if I rented even the simplest things from the florists, and we all thought the results were amazing . What’s more, I now own all those things and can either reuse them for a different party next summer ( Perhaps a christening, as I got pregnant on our wedding night!!) or re-sell it.
Hair – Hair on The Move
Gown – Ian Stuart
Groom’s Suit – Tom James
Bouquet – D.I.Y
Photography – Dominic Whiten
And if that’s not the best wedding present ever then I don’t know what is 😉
Anyone else making their own bouquet? Thinking of having a go?!
Come back tomorrow for plenty more bargainous blooms lovelies!
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