We've known each other since we were fifteen years old, we're now both 30. We
didn't see each other after we left school and met up again when we were twenty-one.
We used to go clubbing at Hammersmith Palais, we started hanging out with the
same group of friends and then - bingo - we fell for each other!
In October 2000 David took me on a surprise cruise around the Norfolk Broads
on a 'love barge.' It had red love heart seats, a four-poster bed and Jacuzzi.
On the second night there, after mooring at a beautiful pub, we went back to
the boat where he produced a bottle of Champagne. He asked if we needed an excuse
to drink it and I said, 'No, we're on holiday!' I think the boat was the giveaway
but I had to let him have his go. He then got down on one knee and produced the
most beautiful ring. He cried, whilst I stayed in a stunned silence... Then we
rang everyone at midnight, drank the Champagne and retired to endless rocking
on the boat!
It took at least a year and a half of booking and arranging appointments. I found
nearly every bit enjoyable but I did get quite frustrated by the lack of enthusiasm
on the part of my H2B. Then again he was working twelve-hour days as well as
attending a college course and taking exams, so I shouldn't be too hard on him.
I had my off days but I can honestly say I spent a small time of my working week
emailing and on the phone to the necessary people. We spread it out over the
year and a half as there would be lots of people to discuss our ideas with and
we definitely needed that time-span as it made my life a lot easier.
We had a big white wedding in a small church in Holland Park, West London, on
July 13th 2002. The church holds a lot of memories for my family and I have been
connected to it for a long time.
Chiswick Golf Club in London. We had Christmas dinner in July, which was lovely.
I was able to leave all the table decorations and cameras to the staff there,
who set everything up for me. We didn't have to do a thing, they were wonderful
and I would definitely recommend this venue.
Looking back now, I think I would have taken more time over choosing my dress.
The dress was made to measure by a designer and although I love it, looking at
some photos now, the dress makes my bust look very large and draws a lot of attention
to it. I'm a size fourteen to sixteen and my dress showed no cleavage whatsoever
but it still made me look quite top heavy. We also didn't hear the DJ announce
that the buffet was 'open' and the cake had been cut and served. We didn't get
to eat any of the buffet, which we had paid a lot of money for, and we didn't
even get to try any of our wedding cake! That did upset me a bit but it was only
a small glitch in what was a fantastic day.
Take your time and plan well in advance. I know a few of my friends that have
planned weddings within six months and everything has gone okay, but I do like
attention to detail. As everything was done well in advance I definitely was
NOT rushing around like a headless chicken! Shop around for your dress, no matter
how much hassle it is. It can be strenuous making appointments and trying on
different styles but don't be badgered into making a decision. Remember the photos
are for life!
Because of all the pre-planning I had done for the wedding, I was actually calm
the night before and on the day (we had both cried at the church rehearsal.)
It is important that you have a relaxed frame of mind on the day and have as
much space as you need wherever you are getting ready. My mum had forgotten that
I was due to get ready at hers and had invited all the family down to meet at
her house on the day. I was annoyed but then it all worked out well and they
headed off to the pub earlier than expected.
Don't let your guests encourage you into hurrying up with the photos after the
ceremony. A few of our ushers and an odd bridesmaid had tried to hurry us on
and it irritated us a bit because if it wasn't for the photographer we would
have no photos whatsoever. It's your day, and your guests will have their food
and drinks in good time.
We hired out an open top, red double-decker bus to take our guests from the church
to the reception, which was only about six miles away. It was a nice touch and
everyone enjoyed the bus ride.
Another good thing, which people congratulated me on, was that as I knew there
would be children at the wedding, I went to Woolworths and bought bouncy balls,
collage sets, paper and colouring pens. When the music started all the kids sat
at one table and were happily sticking, gluing and drawing things. I am keeping
my wedding folder on stand by as I would like to help anyone thinking of getting
married and I've got lots of addresses and contacts now for the West London area,
if anyone needs this info.
Oh, and one last thing. Confetti.co.uk has been the best website in all of this.
We could not have done half of this without their help and it still amazes me
how much info they have to help you along the way. I have recommended this website
to lots of my friends and even though I'm now a married woman I will still be
visiting the website.
Thanks a million Confetti xxx