Image by Lisa Dawn Photography - Johanna Hehir Wedding Dress with Sassi Halford Lace Cape & Kurt Geiger Shoes. Bridesmaids wear highstreet dresses & shoes. Groomsmen in Traditional Morning Suits for a coastal wedding in Kent with nautical / beach theme.
Image by Lisa Dawn Photography - Johanna Hehir Wedding Dress with Sassi Halford Lace Cape & Kurt Geiger Shoes. Bridesmaids wear highstreet dresses & shoes. Groomsmen in Traditional Morning Suits for a coastal wedding in Kent with nautical / beach theme.
Image by Lisa Dawn Photography - Johanna Hehir Wedding Dress with Sassi Halford Lace Cape & Kurt Geiger Shoes. Bridesmaids wear highstreet dresses & shoes. Groomsmen in Traditional Morning Suits for a coastal wedding in Kent with nautical / beach theme.
Image by Lisa Dawn Photography - Johanna Hehir Wedding Dress with Sassi Halford Lace Cape & Kurt Geiger Shoes. Bridesmaids wear highstreet dresses & shoes. Groomsmen in Traditional Morning Suits for a coastal wedding in Kent with nautical / beach theme.
Image by Lisa Dawn Photography - Johanna Hehir Wedding Dress with Sassi Halford Lace Cape & Kurt Geiger Shoes. Bridesmaids wear highstreet dresses & shoes. Groomsmen in Traditional Morning Suits for a coastal wedding in Kent with nautical / beach theme.
Image by Lisa Dawn Photography - Johanna Hehir Wedding Dress with Sassi Halford Lace Cape & Kurt Geiger Shoes. Bridesmaids wear highstreet dresses & shoes. Groomsmen in Traditional Morning Suits for a coastal wedding in Kent with nautical / beach theme.
Image by Lisa Dawn Photography - Johanna Hehir Wedding Dress with Sassi Halford Lace Cape & Kurt Geiger Shoes. Bridesmaids wear highstreet dresses & shoes. Groomsmen in Traditional Morning Suits for a coastal wedding in Kent with nautical / beach theme.
Image by Lisa Dawn Photography - Johanna Hehir Wedding Dress with Sassi Halford Lace Cape & Kurt Geiger Shoes. Bridesmaids wear highstreet dresses & shoes. Groomsmen in Traditional Morning Suits for a coastal wedding in Kent with nautical / beach theme.
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Charlotte & Toby

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, especially when there is a gorgeous wedding going on and a fabulous nautical theme with seaside trinkets.

I love Charlotte’s beautiful Johanna Hehir wedding dress and that she adapted her look to suit her style by adding a super cute lace Sassi Holford cape. The bridesmaids, flower girls and page boy all look adorable too in their budget friendly high street fashion and how can I leave the Groomsmen out who look very dapper in their traditional morning suits.

All the guests look like they are having a super time in the giant tipi and surrounding gardens, and who wouldn’t with all the fabulous games, food & entertainment on offer!

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Hayley & Nizz

What a whole heap of pretty this wedding is. I love how Hayley tells her story. I love that the colour scheme happened organically and how personal the day was. It feels like such a family affair with Hayley and her Mum making all of the stationery and along with Nizz and his Mum they made the favours. I think that’s one thing I love most about weddings; the joining of two families and how you become so much closer in the run up to the big day. It’s wonderful when you can look around your venue and think ‘we all did this together’.

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Here Comes The Sun.


Hooray, it’s Friday! And what could be more fitting for a Friday than a wedding in a pub?!

Anna and Ian are both from Liverpool, but currently live in Hong Kong, and chose to marry in London. In order to pay homage to all of their favourite places, they’ve used things from each place to really make their wedding completely unique to them and it looks great!

Pub venues really are a great choice if you’re looking for somewhere with charm, character and a strong sense of fun and celebration. And Anna and Ian’s choice, The Peasant, definitely delivers there.

Considering Anna and Ian couldn’t visit prior to their wedding, it sounds like The Peasant team went out of their way to help and reassure our lovely pair.

I love Anna’s choice of BCBG dress and pale blue suede Dune shoes too – Bridal yes, but also stylish. And I’m sure she’ll be wearing those shoes for years to come!

Ian and Anna's Chic London Clerkenwell Wedding - 03rd May 2014

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Brazilian Revels At Fyvie Castle.


When I first clapped eyes on this wedding by Craig and Eva Sanders Photography, I can hand on heart say that my breath was momentarily taken away. Because it is beautiful and I just know that you will love it as much as I do.

For a start it takes place in a castle, under the pink blossom trees. You know folks sometimes fairytales really do come true. For that’s what this big day is…a real life fairytale that’s come to life with Tanita and Maurillio as its leading lady and man.

Maurillio plays his part of the dashing groom in his tartan kilt splendidly and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful bride than Tanita in her ruffled fishtail frock and crown of billy balls and succulents in her hair. You wouldn’t think it would work but it SO does.

Frankly this wedding looks like it was a blast and I wouldn’t mind a spot of jazz and cocktails myself right now.

Take it away Tanita.

A Super Glamorous Spring Scottish Wedding At Fyvie Castle With An Ian Stewart Ruffled Fishtail Dress and A Yellow Billy Ball Bouquet With Photography By Craig and Eva Sanders._0001

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Two Pods In A Pea.


If you’re a music loving kinda gal or boy then you might be more than a little envious of the musical talent that sang Kalin and Jason through their big day in the hills of Tuscany. Oh yes, did I forget to mention that this lucky pair also had dazzling sunshine and picturesque olive groves to contend with as well? I know! Immense.

This black tie, musical big day has exquisite details in abundance and then some. Kalin’s delicate and elegant Sophia Tolli dress is the perfect frock for Artimino’s age-old glamour and I adore their travel-inspired theme which pays homage to the way in which the two met.

Oh and they also had a masquerade ball the night before the wedding too! Now I’d like to have seen some photos of that!!

Kalin & Jason Wedding

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A Smart And Elegant Newcastle Wedding.


We’re heading up North this morning for a sleek and stylish city wedding. Frances and James married at striking Gateshead building the Sage. With incredible riverside views, lots of glass and polished metal – it makes a great backdrop for a modern wedding.

Frances’ unusual Phase Eight gown is beautiful too, the textured circular design is so pretty and is perfect for a city wedding. But I love that she’s snuck in a little boho detail with the floral crown.

The lovely pair inadvertently created a navy and yellow colour scheme which actually works really well in the lofty, airy, mirrored building.

Look out for the adorable flower girls too – still cute even when having a tantrum.

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White Lace And Blooms In An English Country Garden.


If there’s one thing I admire then it’s a determined bride and I think it’s safe to say that the lovely Jolene is determined alright. So enamoured was she with her exquisite Stephanie Allin dress that she spent hours on the phone trying to track down a sample frock so that she could stay within her wedding budget.

That’s dedication right there folks.


Ben and Jolene’s big day is beautiful. Honestly it’s like diving into a giant vat of candy-coloured ice-cream. From the white lace bunting lovingly crafted by Ben’s mum to the peachy pink bridesmaid dresses and handpicked aisle markers, it’s clear that everything was a labour of love for this sweet couple.

And the flowers? All of them were grown and arranged by Ben’s mum. What a superstar!

Lastly if you’ve fallen in love with Jolene’s beautiful gown then today’s your lucky day because Jolene has decided to share the love and has actually listed it for sale on our Undress platform. You can check it out here.

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A Sparkling Affair.

Rhys Parker Photography

It’s Friday so it’s only right that we bring you a wedding that is going to fill you will inspiration so you can spend your weekend head to toe in fabric, glue, paper and sticky tape.

Abbie and Jon’s Oxford wedding is an absolute DIY dream. They had a small list of everything their wedding should be; their closest family and friends, wintertime, home crafted creative elements, involving their families talents, charitable element, local or independent suppliers, contemporary look, no top tables or things they should have ‘because it’s a wedding’ and personalised to them. And boy can they put big fat green ticks next to all of those things.

They married in beautiful Oxford Town Hall with a reeption held at the Jam Factory.

Here’s Abbie to tell you more…

A Sparkling Affair

Abbie The Bride: After our ceremony and after our photos outside we rejoined our guests to make the 10 minute walk through Oxford city centre on a busy Saturday afternoon to our reception venue. Many guests said this was their favourite part of the day as it was such fun walking with 100 people, passers by were congratulating us and buses hooted their horns!

The reception was held at the Jam Factory which is a Gallery/Restaurant/Bar in a converted old marmalade factory. We cannot rate the Jam Factory highly enough, they were AWESOME. The building is totally unique, it has fantastic art exhibitions and all the staff are incredibly friendly. Finding the venue was the hardest part for us, it took us 5 months to find somewhere that really reflected our personalities, wasn’t an impersonal wedding package deal and was a great indoor venue as it was winter. We were so relieved to find the Jam Factory and Oxford Town Hall.

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Mother And Daughter Time

My mum’s friend Alice is a freelance makeup artist and I was thrilled with the incredible job she did on the day. To be honest, at first I thought I would do my own but was so glad that my mum encouraged me to contact Alice as her professional work lasted all day and I would have been too nervous on the morning to do it. She also did my hair and recommended another hairdresser to do my 4 bridesmaid’s hair, which was great as Alice and I didn’t have to rush on the day. Two days beforehand, my mum took me to have gel nails applied at Hartwell House Spa which was wonderful as the nails looked amazing and don’t chip and we had some special mother and daughter time.

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17 Tiny Buttons

My dress was purchased about a week after we got engaged; I saw it in the window and knew it was the one even though it was 4 sizes too big! It was a Mori Lee dress by Madeline Gardner from Adore Bridal in Buckinghamshire. My dressmaker, also a friend of the family, took it in and cut off the train as I didn’t want a dress I was tripping over. The most unique part of the dress was the lace top that my Gran created for me using a pattern from a Scottish company, Bridal Covered Buttons. It took 4 fittings to get it perfect and had 17 tiny buttons sewn up the back, it is incredibly beautiful and I will treasure it forever.

Jon knew he wanted a grey three piece suit, which had to be slim fit and look very special! He found the perfect one with a distinctive check from River Island and looked incredibly handsome on the day. His grey striped skinny tie was from Asos, as were his brown brogues. His shirt was the hardest to find as he wanted a skinny fit with double cuff sleeves, eventually we found the perfect one in Moss Bespoke.

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Simple Jewels

My incredibly multi-talented mum made my veil using netting from John Lewis and an online tutorial. My shoes were from Dune; I didn’t want ‘wedding shoes’ and even wore them in at a friend’s wedding a few months before! The only jewellery I wore was my engagement ring and a stunning pair of diamond solitaire earrings that my parents had given me for the wedding. Jon had bought my engagement ring in San Francisco and it is 14k gold, so to complement it he had a custom made ring produced by American Etsy makers Titanium Knights. His ring was 5mm brushed titanium with a 1/2mm band of 14k gold through it. Jon’s silver cufflinks were my Christmas present to him, personalised with our wedding date, they were bought from JoJo jewellery.

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Maids And Men

RMW was a constant source of inspiration for us throughout our planning and was a super help with the wedding party attire. For the bridesmaids we wanted them to look gorgeous but not ‘bridesmaidy’. We found navy lace dresses by A-Wear on ASOS after seeing lots of great winter weddings with navy on RMW. We wanted the ushers to have a contemporary look so we got them each a navy tie from Next and white pocket square from Topman and they wore their own grey suits. With the finishing touch of a fabric flower button hole with pine cone details (all lovingly made by my mum), they had an identity as ushers but still looked like themselves.

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A Winter Wonderland

We didn’t want a ‘colour’ but we did want to create a winter wonderland theme and atmosphere in everything from the invites to the venue. We complied a scrapbook of ideas and decided white, pale grey, navy, white glitter, cut glass, candles and snowflakes where the key elements for the winter wonderland look. This helped keep everything wintry, contemporary and sophisticated.

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Tea And Cake Goes A Long Way

Jon has bad allergies to flower pollen and I love crafting, so the idea of paper and fabric bouquets was perfect. The flowers for my bouquet, the bridesmaid’s posies and miniature table posies were all handmade by an awesome team of our family and friends (who had been coerced with tea and cake to give up a day of their time!). I then took the blooms made from vintage sewing patterns, paper doilies, tissue paper, tulle and white cotton and arranged the bouquets, tying the stems with ribbon and attaching handwritten notes for the girls. The day before the wedding my maid of honour and I made the table flowers into tiny posies and put into vases. It was a wonderful process as it involved so many family and friends. I had so many compliments about my bouquet that I am now starting selling them on Etsy under PaperDesignStudio.

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I Join My Life With Yours Today

Our ceremony was non-religious and we wanted to ensure it was very personal and individual to us. Our vows were humanist vows that we read out to each other. ‘I join my life with yours today without hesitation and with an open and trusting heart. Whatever we may encounter, let us encounter it together. Take this ring and with it my commitment to be the best Wife/Husband I can be.’

We had two readings, Jon’s dad Ivor read an adaptation of ‘Marriage Joins Two People’ by Edmund O’Neill. After the exchanging of vows my brother Robert read ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr. Seuss, a favourite author of ours when we were younger. Jon’s aunty Christine is a professional violinist and we were extremely lucky that she performed two pieces for us: Partita No. 3 in E major BWV 1006, Gavotte en Rondeau and Loure by Bach. I walked down the aisle to the second piece.

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Time After Time

The Jam Factory was the most fantastic reception venue; it had an amazing atmosphere, unique quirky details and heaps of personality. They worked incredibly hard to ensure our day was smooth, well organised and relaxed. We specifically requested one long banquet table that we sat at with our guests as we didn’t want a top table, and the guests were on two additional banquet tables. We had linen tablecloths and napkins and hired chairs in from local company, BHK rentals as we wanted a more vintage look than the Jam Factory’s chairs.

Our band were called the Paramounts and are a local 3 piece band who we booked through Function Central about 2 weeks before the wedding! They were absolutely fantastic, young and played a great mix of music that had everyone from our Grandmothers to Jon’s 3 year cousin Doris dancing. Prior to them coming on, Jon’s brother Will played guitar and his sister Libby sang Eva Cassidy’s version of ‘Time after time’ which was absolutely beautiful (and brought many a tear to people’s eyes), and then his other sister Ellie joined them for a surprise rendition of ‘Marry you’ by Bruno Mars which was fantastic!

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A Talented Baker

The Jam Factory had a great online ordering system which meant we had a ‘wedding menu’ of 3 choices of main and 3 choices of dessert that each guest could choose from. We chose each item on the menu, including the wines, and the Jam Factory even agreed to make my Gran’s fish pie recipe, which many guests loved! The children’s menu was just smaller portions rather than ‘kid’s food’. We loved the fact that we didn’t have any packages and the Jam Factory were so flexible and accommodating.

Our wedding cake was a homemade masterpiece by Jon’s youngest sister Libby who is an amazing baker (and she’s only 16). Libby created a two tier red velvet cake with royal icing, decorated with glittery royal icing snowflakes and bride and groom toppers. When cutting the cake we made it an event by giving each guest a sparkler and lighting them all together, it was such a wonderful moment.

We have a few charities close to our hearts and we were very happy when we found Cancer Research had a silver snowflake pin badge. I bought out the supplies of our nearby charity shops then Jon and I attached a little typewritten thank you note to each one with b&w twine. For the children we gave them each a pot of bubbles.

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DIY heaven

I am obsessed with stationery and packaging, so designing the invites was really important and fun for me! I collected lots of inspiration and played with ideas for a long time. For the final design I sourced opaque vellum envelopes and b&w twine from the internet, made a little envelope from tracing paper which was filled with confetti and my mum drew by hand a map of Oxford for the back of the details. The invite and RSVP postcard were printed at a printers on A6 thick pale grey card stock and I used a typewriter font for a slightly vintage feel. As always many of my family and friends helped with the many hours it took to put them altogether!

Jon and I made the table plan together the night before we went to the hotel, and although it was a bit last minute we already had all the snowflakes, card and glitter prepared and used the same style as the invites. So many other details were made by us too. My mum created our beautiful card box for us, using vintage prints of the Town Hall and Jam Factory buildings and a chalkboard label. I designed the Order of Service. The name cards on the table were printed for us by the Jam Factory using the
typewriter font on white card. We had a guest book from Paperchase that we decorated with Polaroid’s of us and a chalkboard label. The Polaroid camera was put out for guests to take a snap of themselves and then write us a message. This was a HUGE success of the day, our guests loved it! It made our guestbook an instant scrapbook of our friends and family, and a lot of people snapped another Polaroid to take home as well.

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The Best Advice I Can Give

1. We all have friends and family with talents, so ask them if they will make, bake, craft, design, organise or perform and you will create a truly personal wedding day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, but know who can give you constructive advice.
2. Plan plan plan beforehand (we had lists coming out our ears), then on the day just sit back and go with the flow. Utilise your wedding party on the day, our bridesmaids and ushers all had particular jobs which meant they were involved and took away the stress from us. Our best man Will and maid of honour Lise were incredible and we honestly didn’t worry about a thing on the day itself.
3. Our final piece of advice would be to stay true to your vision, and try not to listen to any criticism and negative comments. You will regret it if you do not have the day you envisage and we were so glad that we stuck to what we wanted. Go with your gut instinct and stick to your guns!
4. Consider your photographer carefully. Rhys was amesone on the day and soooo many of our guests said how relaxed and
friendly he was. We honestly have no idea how he captured so many amazing shots as most of the time we weren’t even aware he was there, he just fitted in so well and captured wonderful spontaneous memories for us.

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Venue – The Jam Factory
Dress – Madeline Gardner
Boutique – Adore Bridal
Groom’s suit – River Island
Maids dresses – ASOS
Shoes – Dune
Photography – Rhys Parker Photography

How perfect is Abbie’s dress for her?

I think she gives some great advice for all of you planning your days as well. Abbie and Jon totally stuck to their guns and the result was a super gorgeous day and a beautiful colour palette. Perfect for a winter wedding.

Did you spot Abbie’s nails? I love the white nail look. Super chic.

Also how incredible does Jon’s suit look? It just goes to show that if the suit fits right, it doesn’t need to come from a bespoke tailor to have a fabulous effect.

Gorgeous day, gorgeous venues, gorgeous couple.


P.s. Anyone else think Abbie is a little bit Anna Friel?? Totally jealous.

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Do What Makes You Happy.


In 1995 Jarvis Cocker left an important part of his brain, somewhere in a field near Hampshire. Seven years later Al and Vanessa got married in a village near Hampshire… There isn’t really much more of a connection there than that. Apart from the fact that all concerend enjoyed a pretty immense party.

Todays wedding bucks ‘convention’ in so many ways. No wedding dress. A venue that isn’t actually a venue. No florist… The list goes on but the results? See for yourself…


The Not Wedding Dress

Vanessa The Bride: We got married in a beautiful Saxon church. Al’s brother got married in the same church and Al’s niece and nephew were also christened there. Our reception was in the village’s barn in an old farm yard.

Much to the horror of my mother, I decided that I didn’t want a traditional white wedding dress. I never really wear white (I’m not a very neat person and it’s quite harsh colour against my skin). So I decided to look at prom dresses and evening dresses. Even if you want a white dress, I’d recommend going down this route rather than going to bridal shops. I found that there was a lot more choice and the dresses were a lot cheaper because they weren’t being sold as wedding dresses.

My dress was a prom dress made by Sherri Hill and I found it on the website www.NewYorkDress.com. I fell in love with the detailing on the dress and the colour. I also didn’t want anything too big so it was perfect.

So that the dress fitted perfectly I had it adjusted by a lovely lady at Bridal Alterations Limited.


Nothing Sparkly

I wore a cathedral veil for the ceremony. The veil was from Bridal Alterations Limited As the dress was very intricate I didn’t want sparkly jewellery so I wore the pearl earrings that Al proposed with, a pearl necklace and a pearl bracelet (both birthday presents from Al) and an antique watch.

I chose a pair of sparkly cream heels from Dune for the ceremony. For the reception I wanted something that I could walk in and I wouldn’t mind bashing about so I wore a pair of cute white sandals from Primark!


Boho Bride

I originally decided to go with quite neutral and natural tones. Then I completely changed my mind on the day. You don’t get the chance to have your make-up done by a professional very often so I decided to go with something a bit bolder. A bit of a risk, as I’d read that you should go for classic and neutral. However in the end I was more than happy with the final look.

I’m not a big fan of formal bridal hair. My look is quite laid back and relaxed. I quite like the boho look so I chose to have my hair wavy with little plaits. After the ceremony I wore a boho headband.
I let the beautiful bridesmaids choose what they wanted to do with their hair and makeup.

My amazing make-up and hair dresser was Sunanda Mesquita. I am still impressed that she managed to get one bride, 6 bridesmaids, one friend and one mum made-up and to the church in time for a midday service.


English Country Garden

We chose and arranged the flowers ourselves. We researched English country garden style flowers and tried to go for things which were in season in July. We then went to a local wholesaler. Al’s mum helped us navigate the flower wholesaler. Each of the bridesmaids made their own bouquets and Al’s mum made my bouquet.

For the tables we collected old jam jars, coffee jars and other mismatched glass jars (we had to eat a lot of jarred goods in the run up to the wedding) and bought some Ikea vases, filled them with flowers and clustered them on the tables.

For the place settings we used rosemary from a neighbour’s garden (don’t worry we asked first!) and some butcher’s string. The rosemary was also used for the buttonholes for Al, the best men, and Al’s father. The buttonholes were lovingly put together by Al’s mum at 6am on the morning of the wedding.


Suited & Booted

The best mens’ suits were hired. The bridesmaids’ dresses were bought from my favourite shop – Aqua by Aqua and their belts were from New Look. I let them choose their own shoes.

Al looked very Handsome indeed! After several unsuccessful shopping trips for a suit himself (everything he suggested looked like it would be suitable for a court appearance/funeral), I helped him choose a suit with a dark waistcoat. Both came from Austin Reed.


Fab Photos

Our photographer was the wonderful Emma Case. A friend had been to a wedding she photographed a couple of years ago and forwarded us a link to her website. We couldn’t help but book her after seeing her fab photos. She’s got a great eye for it and was brilliant at capturing the fun we had on the day. Not only does she take great photos but she’s lovely to boot.



There was no shortage of food at our wedding! Why have just one cake when you can have a whole table full of cakes? We had a full blown afternoon tea, with a table laden with delicious cakes along with tea and sandwiches courtesy of Vintage Dorset (www.vintagedorset.co.uk ). They also supplied the mismatched crockery for the tea.

In the evening we had a hog roast and salads from The Hursley Butcher. The Hursley Butcher even pandered to my request for roast potatoes in the middle of summer.

For afternoon drinks, as well as a selection of teas, we filled great big drinks dispensers from John Lewis with punches made by the bridesmaids and served them in jam jars with vintage-style paper straws. We also bought a barrel of ale from the local brewery.

In the evening we stocked the bar with plenty of vino. We would highly recommend using Majestic Wine’s sale and return service.


A Rousing Atmosphere

The village has its own silver band. They wouldn’t all fit in the church so just 9 played during the service. They were really rousing and it added to the atmosphere in the church.

The full band (all 24 of them!) then played whilst we had afternoon tea. They even played the theme to Jurassic Park as a request as it’s one of the best men’s favourite films. Mid afternoon brought ceilidh dancing from the Woodsiders. The caller was amazing and helped everyone work up an appetite in preparation for dinner.

After dinner we then had an iPod playlist. We’d asked all our guests to suggest songs when they RSVP’d and as a result every song was popular and the dance floor was full. The list of songs were put a shuffle so we had no idea which order the songs would be played – highlight of the night was ending on the Baywatch theme tune.

Your Song

After much discussion but a total lack of agreement we finally chose Your Song by Elton John the night before the wedding. We didn’t have time to practice but the first dance was still great fun.


Shut The Front Door

The barn is quite literally a barn. Before we started the barn didn’t have a front door, it didn’t have much lighting and there was no heating. As a result everything needed to be sourced ourselves.

We used events organiser Buchanan Events to source the tables, chairs, the stage, barrels, picnic benches and put up chiffon drapes and a hessian curtain for the barn’s entrance. We used a local electrician to put up festoon lighting and spotlights. The napkins were actually tea towels courtesy of Ikea and the table runners were made from hessian bought from an online hardware shop. My sister hand wrote all of the place names on luggage tags. The table numbers were old legal journals. (We’re both lawyers…)


Rock My Wedding

Take advantage of all the free things that are available to you whilst you are planning your wedding – wedding blogs (such as the very helpful Rock My Wedding), wedding websites and any other websites that might help you get creative. We found Pinterest particularly helpful.

Check whether there is a wedding magazine that is specific to your area. It’ll be handy for local suppliers.

Before we started planning the wedding we listed the things that we thought were the most important and made sure that we prioritised our time and money on those things. It’s easy to get lost in the detail so it was useful to have our list to hand. We decided that good food and drink and plenty of entertainment was most important to us, so we sorted these things out first and allocated the most time to making sure we were happy with the final choices.


Make a scrap book or else you’ll forget all those lovely details you want to include and ideas you want to steal! Take advantage of people’s offers to help. If you’re organising a lot of things yourselves, don’t under estimate how much there will be to do in the last few days before the wedding. Don’t worry if you think something is a little tacky or brash. If it makes you happy, do it.

Most importantly, don’t take things too seriously, have fun and do what makes you happy. Don’t worry if you think something is a little tacky or brash. If it makes you happy, do it.
People won’t notice that the napkins match the best man’s tie or that your flowers have been flown in from Yemen.


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Dress: Sherri Hill
Veil: Bridal Alterations Limited
Shoes: Dune
Maids: Aqua by Aqua
Groom: Austin Reed
Caterer: The Hursley Butcher
Events Organiser: Buchanan Events
Entertainment: Woodsiders

There is only one thing That Al and Vanessa said there that I disagree with – Personally I always notice if the flowers are from Yemen or not. Everything else though is spot on. Have fun…. Do what makes you happy. It is hard sometimes and it certainly does take confidence to stick to your guns, especially if you’re getting pressure from the people around you to do things in a particular way.

Right then, I’m just off to listen to the baywatch theme tune for a bit. Hello Yasmine Bleeth.