All week I have been helping prepare for 'The Most Curious wedding fair' at work, and on Friday we set up our Papier stand at The Old Truman Brewery. It looked so pretty, full of beautiful stationery and lovely flowers, there we so many vendors showing off their dresses, decorations and accessories and it made me think back to my wedding which was already six months ago. So I have decided to share some photos here.
The Venue was the beautiful Gate Street Barn in Guildford, I saw the venue online and knew instantly I wanted to get married here, I decorated it myself with the help of my parents and bridesmaids - which was a little stressful but I was so pleased with the end result. I'm just glad they talked me out of doing the flowers myself!
I made 100 metres of bunting in colours to match my mint and coral colour scheme, as well as tying lace bows on to 70 chairs.
I made poem sheets and seat reservations as well as hand painted signs, like this 'Pick a seat not a side, we're all family once the knot is tied' and the 'confetti' one which hung on a beautiful old bike ornament which also housed the little glassine paper bags that I filled with tiny dried pastel coloured petals.
I wanted the flowers to match the colour theme and to have a hand picked feel to them. I had spent a year collecting old jam jars which I decorated with lace and twine and my husbands uncle made some old rustic crates for them to sit on.
Another crafty project that took a very long time was making around 70 crepe paper flowers for the place names, all individual and unique, they all had a little tag with the guests names on - they went down so well and I was really happy to see people had tied them round their wrists and took them home as keepsakes.
I originally wanted a big traditional 3 tiered cake, but after finding out how much they cost and also how little normally gets eaten I thought it would be a huge waste of money, so I went for this one tiered cake with some cupcakes too (not a single cupcake or slice of cake was eaten on the day)
We enjoyed lots of tasty food on the day, there were canapes (which I didn't get any off as we were having some photos taken) then we opted for a light afternoon tea - although there was so much it ended up being left out for evening guests, and then for the evening food we had the amazing My Pie van serving a selection of delicious pies with mash and peas. They went down a treat!
Most things went according to plan, and that plan had taken a long time to make, so you really do want everything to be just right. But there were a few things that didn't go as well as I'd hoped, like my hair, it wasn't like the photos I had shown for reference and not how I had imagined at all, and a few issues with flowers, I had specifically asked for only fresh flowers, but the florist turned up with fake flowers for the garland above the door which was really disappointing and my bouquet wasn't how I had hoped either, I wanted it much less round and again to match the jam jars that looked like freshly picked flowers all gathered together with lots of foliage. Oh and my dress ripped too...but even with these (which felt like big things to me) couldn't have ruined my wedding day. I loved every minute of it!