03/09/2005 – Randwick Church, Stroud, Gloucestershire A marquee at the Anchor Inn
How and when did you meet?
He was friends with my older sister at school and we first met at her 12th birthday party.
How old are you both?
Bride: 22, Groom: 23.
Where, when and how did he (or you!) propose?
He cooked me a meal at his parent’s house whilst they were away, and got down on one knee and asked me.
Did you have hen and stag celebrations?
Abbie went to Bournemouth for the weekend, spent the days on the beach and then went out to Jumping Jacks for Saturday evening. Jon went to Blackpool, went to the pleasure beach in the day and who knows where they ended up in the evening.
Did your groom help you with the wedding planning?
He arranged the caterer and the marquee. He did all the printing of the wedding stationery. He also arranged all the suits.
Did you use confetti to plan your wedding? If so, how did the website help you?
Yes, the chat forum was very helpful.
Do you have a confetti web page?
I did have but I kind of forgot about it.
Did you buy any confetti products for your wedding? If so, did you visit a store, buy online or by mail order?
I visited the Birmingham store and ordered online.
Tell us about your outfit, and where you bought it.
I had my dress made in Thailand whilst travelling and brought it home in my back pack. It has a lace and sequined top with sleeves and a cream Thai silk skirt.
Did you have bridesmaids? If so, who did you choose and what did they wear?
I had three bridesmaids and they wore lilac gowns from House of Fraser. My Flower girl wore a white dress with a butterfly on the front from Monsoon.
Who did your groom choose for his best man and ushers, and what did they wear?
Jon chose all the men’s outfits, they hired them, and had grey suits with lilac waistcoats and lilac or grey cravats.
Did you have a civil or religious ceremony?
We had a religious ceremony.
Where did you hold your ceremony?
At Randwick Church, Stroud, Gloucestershire, the village Abbie grew up in.
Where did you hold your reception?
We had our reception in a marquee at the Anchor Inn, which is in a lovely setting overlooking the River Severn.
Did you have any special wedding transport?
Yes, we had a ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ car for the bride and groom, a VW Campervan for the bridesmaids and an old Bentley for our parents. The other guests were transported by coach.
How many guests did you invite to your wedding, and did you have a separate evening guest list?
We had 100 at the wedding and reception and an extra 100 for the evening.
Did your reception have a particular theme in terms of colour or style?
We had lilac as our colour theme and butterflies in our invitations and flowers on our cake; our flower girl also had a butterfly hair band.
How did you incorporate this in to your table settings?
We had a piece of lavender with name tags as our place cards, we had lilac candles, and butterflies in the flowers.
Did you give your guests favours?
Yes, we gave Breast Cancer Awareness Pins which everyone really appreciated.
Describe your flowers (bouquets and table decorations). Who was your florist?
The bride and bridesmaids had posies with lilac, pink and cream flowers. The table decorations were in stainless steel buckets with roses and other flowers (it was country style.)
What did you choose to have on your menu? Did you have an outside caterer or did your venue handle the catering?
We had a caterer called BAR Catering; they were brilliant. We had a buffet which was gorgeous.
What did you choose for your wedding cake?
We had a swan stand with three tiers, the bottom tier was fruit cake, the middle was sponge and top was chocolate. They were very simple with butterflies on them.
Did you have any entertainment during the day or evening?
We had a Spanish guitarist as our guests arrived at the reception and then a disco in the evening.
Did you have a gift list? If so, who did you have your list with?
We asked for money.
Where did you spend your first night and honeymoon? Who did you book your honeymoon with?
We spent our first night at a local health spa. Our honeymoon was in Cancun.
What was your most memorable moment of the day?
Releasing 100 balloons in memory of people who couldn’t be with us. Seeing the groom as I walked down the aisle.
Did you experience any ‘nightmare’ moments in the run up to your wedding or on the day?
I had my honeymoon cancelled, a few days before the wedding, three of the suits were too big and I lost my dress!
Is there anything you would do differently, or any advice you would give to other brides?
Get a hot tub waking up at 5am, it was lovely to go out in the garden and sit in the hot tub. Chill out and enjoy the day, but take time out with your husband as it goes very quickly.