Morning you lovely lot!
So this month Chris and I have been mainly meeting the other gorgeous ‘Real Brides’, organising the music, organising wedding co-ordinators and sorting out wedding flowers… hmmm I’m pretty sure there’s something I’m forgetting…ooh yeah and attending Pretty Naughty parties!!
Pretty Sweet Peas
At the beginning of last month we went for our first florist consultation and picked the first one we went to!
Now I know flowers are not top of everyone’s list and I really love the growing trend of using fabric or paper flowers! But for me they were one of the things I was looking forward to planning the most. I love flowers, I love having them in the house, I love arranging them, I love growing them (although I’m not very good at it) and have even been looking into going on a floristry course. Something for the ‘to do’ list after the wedding!
The florist we’ve chosen is the lovely Rachel at Catkin Flowers. She’s based in the grounds of Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire, where she grows most of the flowers herself in amongst the veggies grown for the house and farm shop. It’s such a wonderful setting and after the consultation we got to stroll around the house grounds. Rachel is fantastic and completely understood my nonsensical ramblings. She was so enthusiastic about our plans that I knew immediately we had found our florist.
I went with a brief of handpicked, in season, English country garden flowers. I remember one bride on these polka dot pages describing her flowers as if she had swept her hand through a meadow and come out with a bouquet, and this is exactly what I was after. I took a few images along with me to show what I wanted as I am so bad at explaining (some have been shamelessly stolen from Lolly’s inspiration posts – hope you don’t mind!):
We’ve been collecting lots of wonderful and interesting vases and containers, it’s a bit of an eclectic mix but that’s the look I was hoping for. Rachel is going to supply us with lots of individual stems to fill them with a dot around the marquee. Here’s a few of my finds from various charity shops, car boot sales and flea markets:
I haven’t actually specified particular flowers that I would like except for one, sweetpeas! Now there are two reasons for this stipulation: 1. Because I love them and 2. In honour of my Grandpa (or Pa as he was commonly known to me and my sister).
My Pa sadly passed away a few years ago and I can’t explain the sadness I feel that he won’t be there on my wedding day. I’m not going to lie, he could be a grumpy so and so at times and he knew exactly how to wind people up – mostly my Mum – but it was always done with a twinkle in his eye. One thing I knew for sure though was how much he loved us, we were his girls and I know how proud he would have been to see me marry Chris. So I really wanted him to be part of my day and that’s where sweetpeas come in.
As well as his family, he also loved his garden. He grew every vegetable you can imagine and as a little girl I loved visiting and helping
But he also loved growing sweetpeas. So the only flower I have specifically requested is sweetpeas, they’ll be part of all the arrangements and sprinkled around every nook and cranny of our marquee in vases and jam jars. Hopefully it’s nothing too obvious or too cheesy and most guests won’t even know the significance but I’ll know and that’s all that matters 🙂
We’ve been thinking a lot this month about the music for our big day and seeing as he has pretty much organised all of it I thought I would hand you over to Chris for this bit, so take it away gorgeous boy…
I think if you gave me a list of everything involved with the wedding, and asked me to rank each item of its importance, I think the music played would be right up there amongst the top items just below Tabitha turning up and getting to call her my wife by the end of the day.
As a self-confessed musical geek, I’ve already started to ‘curate’ the music that I want to be played inside the wedding venue as people mingle and take their seats (Caliban’s Dream by Underworld, you would of heard this during the Olympic opening ceremony just before the flame was lit), and wanted the evening’s music to create the perfect atmosphere for everyone to have a great time to.
We had both hummed and hawed about how to create this. Would we go for Dave’s Dodgy Mobile Disco, and risk him playing the same set list he plays for every wedding (you know the score, ABBA megamix, The Proclaimers, Build me up Buttercup, Grease Megamix etc etc… I fail to believe that anyone actually likes these songs), or go all out and get a band in? And what sort of band?
But all our questions were answered for us thankfully during the Pretty Naughty event last month when we were introduced to the rockin’ sounds of Plastic Pantomime. Their set list pretty much covers what is contained on both mine and Tabitha’s iPods (well apart from the experimental drone stuff from F*** Buttons that makes Tabitha look at me like I’m demented when I blast it out when doing work upstairs) ranging from rock and indie anthems from Primal Scream, Weezer and the Foo Fighters, the classic Britpop of Pulp, to cheesy classics and guilty pleasures like Cobacabaña and the Scissor Sisters that everyone has on their iPods, but won’t admit to!
After having such a great time dancing along to them – I even ended up being the only one on the dance floor at one point as everyone collectively went for a drink and/or fag – we decided we had to have them play at the wedding. So as soon as they finished their set, I went straight over like an excitable groupie and got them pencilled in for the big day.
As part of the deal they’ve offered to learn some of our favourite songs that aren’t currently in their repertoire, so to stop me turning this into a Queens of the Stone Age/Foo Fighters tribute night has anyone got any good suggestions to get everyone up on the floor?
So there you have it ladies, without your help my wedding is going to turn into a rock concert, so suggestions please! And I know we have this argument a lot Chris, but I do love Build me up Buttercup, and Grease?!?!?! Who doesn’t love Grease?!?!?!
Until next time folks!
Lots of love
Tabitha & Chris xxx