Roll up, roll up! Meg and Tom's wedding at Blists Hill Victorian Town Museum boasts all the fun of the fair, plus a serious amount of swoon for good measure. Think a vintage fairground carousel and retro wedding bus; wildflower bouquets and colourful, mismatched glassware. Add in Meg's stunning halterneck wedding gown by Allure Bridal, a surprise fireworks display and - cute klaxon! - two pug ring bearers and you have the recipe for a wedding made in vintage heaven.
Halterneck Tulle Allure Bridal Wedding DressMeg & Tom: My dress buying experience was very quick! I went to the Wedding Show at the NEC in Birmingham and the dress I bought was the first one I tried on. I went on to try another four or so dresses at different stands, but went back to the first and tried it on again. I knew it was the one. It's so different; the neckline, the colour, the detail, I absolutely love it. I wish I could wear it again and again.
Blue Check Moss Bros. SuitTom had a tailor-made suit from Moss Bros. He always knew he wanted a tweed suit but as he's an unusual shape – very tall and slim built – we struggled to find anything which was suitable. He chose the fabric, the lining, the buttons, the thread and the message embroidered inside, and looked so handsome on the day.
Vintage Fairground at Blists Hill Victorian TownWe wanted our venue to be different and a bit quirky. I guess something that reflected who we are as a couple. The fact that it is a living Victorian museum also adds a nerdy element which suited us perfectly! We also fell in love with the vintage fairground, the wood clad wartime dance hall (the Forest Glen) and the lush green setting. It was just what we wanted. And the colours in the fairground were perfect for my creative vision with the bridesmaids dresses and flowers.
Brightly Coloured Wedding DecorI am a creative person and really enjoy bold colours and quirky items. The styling of our wedding was more about what I knew I didn't want; pastel colours, sliced log centre pieces and jam jars wrapped in lace. They are all beautiful but not our cup of tea. Like most brides, I took some inspiration from Pinterest and just thought about what would look good in the venue. My mum and I collected coloured vintage glassware; I wanted all of the glassware on the tables to be colourful, retro and mis-matched. The glassware would be the only colour in the room as the balloons, candles, ivy terrariums and reindeer moss were all neutral in colour.
Cheese Tower Wedding CakeWe absolutely adore cheese and had a cheese wedding cake. To keep the costs down we ordered it from Marks and Spencer and bought crackers and chutney from the supermarket to go with it. The venue dressed it beautifully with flowers and fruit and I bought a cake topper off ebay.
Processional Music: You're My Best Friend Recessional Music: Crazy Little Thing Called Love First Dance Song: Listen To The Man by George Ezra Readings: The One & Always Love Each Other Budget: £14,000
There's nothing like a retro fairground to bring out the biggest smiles (yes, you may be grown up and getting married, but we are all big kids inside!) and we are most certainly dizzy in love from all that swinging. Another spin, you ask? Yes please!
Venue: Blists Hill Victorian Town (The Forest Glen) | Wedding Ring: Sentiment Jewellery by Suzanne Ettrick | Florist: Greenery & Co | Bridal Boutique: J & J Design Bridal | Dress Designer: Allure Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dressing Rooms | Grooms Suits: Moss Bros. | Balloons: Champagne and Sparkle Events