…except that I don’t remember it all that well…
I’m still being sent photos and thinking ‘I have absolutely no recollection of posing for this’ – and most of said photos were taken before we’d got to the reception. It’s all such a blur!
However the bits I do remember were great fun and it was amazing to see my vision come to life. Guests got stuck into the fresh bread, paté and artisan cheeses from the picnic hampers and helped themselves to the hog roast, dressed salmon and salads. It was a very laid-back affair, exactly what we were aiming for.
I vaguely remember the first dance. We attempted some choreographed silliness to The Smiths’ This Charming Man which mainly consisted of me flamenco dancing (in bare feet – my shoes killed me) around Gavin. I still can’t bring myself to watch the video.
Anyway, here are a few of the day’s snaps, in no particular order. I’ll post more soon.
Photos courtesy of Momenterry and Firgrove photography
On my last trip to Country Baskets, I bought a pack of different sized pieces of wood. I didn’t have any ideas in mind when I made this purchase, all I knew is I wanted wood to feature in my rustic, countryside wedding reception.
After numerous browsing sessions on Pinterest, I decided that using the wood to display the table numbers would be PERFECT!
I then bought a pack of metallic permanent marker pens and drew the numbers on, making sure they don’t look too styled. Rustic’s all about being down to earth and real, after all.
I can’t wait to rest the numbers against a good bottle of wine, or the picnic hampers which will be in the middle of each table.
Despite going for the rustic theme at our wedding next summer, I’ve decided that I’d like at least one piece of the decorations to be eye-catching. So, after a recent trip to my nearest Country Baskets store (I love that place!), I devoted one Sunday afternoon to customising one of their plain, wooden bunting-style ‘Mr & Mrs’ signs with a lot of glue and a few sprinkles of glitter from another of my current fave shops, Fred Aldous.
Now I have a shiny, spangly sign to hang at the top table, advertising our new marital status! Yay!
• Make sure you cover your table with old newspaper or magazine pages so you don’t damage the surface with glue
• To avoid wastage, pour any excess glitter on the newspaper back into the pot
• Lightly spritz the letters with hairspray to stop glitter falling off when you come to moving the sign after the glue has dried
It might sound like something you did at nursery but cutting and sticking is a great way of collating ideas for the big day. Of course, apps like Pinterest and Loverly offer fast and handy mood boards but personally, I think all brides-to-be should have something real, something physical, which they can cherish for years to come.
I bought a lovely wedding scrapbook from Paperchase a couple of months ago and it’s kept me busy for hours. Every wedding magazine I buy gets cut to pieces and my scrapbook gets filled with all the dresses, table decoration ideas, colour schemes and favour ideas that catch my eye. And the best part is I really enjoy doing it. Tis a new hobby!
It’s interesting to see how my initial ideas have evolved. At first, I was aiming for a cheesy, rock n roll themed wedding reception, but as you turn the pages of the scrapbook, it has somehow morphed into more of a rustic, vintage theme, which my fiancé and I agree is more suitable for our countryside wedding.
If you haven’t got a scrapbook yet, go get one now – it’s wedding inspiration you can not only hold, touch and smell, there’s no need for a password and you can keep it forever!
Last night I got my crafty head on and decided to cut up my fiance’s worn out Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy book (with his permission) so I could make some cute bunting for our wedding.
Since we’re going for the rustic look and want to inject our personalities into the reception decor, this is absolutely perfect.
To make your own, cut a heart shape from cardboard and use this as a template. When you’ve found an old book, tear out two pages at a time, draw around your template then cut around it. You’ll have two hearts of exactly the same size – one heart needs to be glued under the string and the other heart on top. This way the string will be hidden between the hearts. Make sure all the hearts you stick on the string are the same width apart (I used the width of my hand to measure) et voila!
And the best part is, this cost me next to nothing to make!
Our wedding isn’t til 22nd August, 2015 but it’s never too early to start counting down! The sooner you get your arse into gear and decide on your wedding and reception venues, the better, especially if you’re planning on having a summer wedding as venues get booked up quickly. So far, we’re pencilled in with the church but still waiting for a reply from the reception venue.
Make or buy yourself a little chalk board like this one and hang it somewhere in your home where both you and your hubs-to-be will see it every day. That way, you’ll always be aware that the big day is looming and focussed on saving up!
There are also a number of free iPhone apps which will display the countdown to your big day, right down to the seconds left to go! Arrrrrgh!