I thought it fair to share my own wedding from back in 2013, which started my event planning obsession, my Pinterest addiction and floristry ambitions. We had an October wedding at Oulton Hall in Leeds, a venue which held a special meaning for us both. It had been the hotel my husband stayed at as a small child while his house was being built and it was a favourite of my late aunt who took us for fancy meals and on one occasion I commented "I want to get married here one day". Fateful words indeed.
We had a church wedding first, nice and early at noon, on the husband's request, and then guests were taken to the venue in a 1950s bus. I wore lace and the other half wore top hat and tails.
Music was very important, particular songs to be played while we signed the register and while the guests had bubbles and we had photos taken, I spent an age compiling different playlists, so the day felt personal to us and reflected us. We found our wonderful photographer, Ed Godden, on the pages of Rock My Wedding, an absolute bible during the wedding planning phase and still a blog I love to visit.
Our first dates were cinema trips and we love the movies so our table plan and table names were film titles, those simple Ikea frames meant we added a movie quote to the opposite side of the picture and Matalan supplied the table lanterns. We chose a grey and purple colour scheme for the stationary, beautifully supplied and adapted by Here Comes the Bride. With the acorn detail on the stationary I bought an acorn stamp and purple ink and used the motif across the wedding details, signs and the pub quiz sheet on each table (it's the little things). We incorporated purple into the flowers but kept the room for the wedding breakfast simple with greens, whites and touches of purple.
My mother-in-law made our wedding cake, we had the most rocking band in SuperFreak and a polaroid camera did the rounds to create our guest book. It really was one of the best days of our lives and it was relaxed and reflected us as a couple. Perhaps the most important part of any event, it shouldn't be contrived, it's for you so let it show the best parts of you.