Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
We met 3 years ago, when I started working in the same office as Barry.
I’m 22 and Barry is 34.
Barry proposed on the 16th June 2003 on a jetty in the sea in Benidorm.
Barry had a stag weekend in Amsterdam and I had a hen weekend in Benidorm. We both took eleven of our friends and family with us.
We planned our wedding together – he really wanted to be involved but most of the decisions were up to me.
Yes, right from the start and it has been an amazing help. When I first became a member there were 650 days ’til my wedding. The site really does have everything you need to plan the perfect wedding.
No, I don’t.
I bought personalised confetti (hearts with A and B on them) in silver and red, the order of service and menus in silver and white also came from the internet. We went to the Leeds store and bought 10 cameras, 3 sets of cufflinks, a table plan kit, cars and teddy bears favour boxes for the children, and more confetti!
I wore a white wedding dress fit for a princess. I got it from Creation in Wigan and the style is called ‘Annabelle.’ The dress is white with silver beading, a bodice with a full skirt and a long train.
I had four bridesmaids and a flower girl. My four bridesmaid dresses were from Creation too. The three older girls wore red, full-length gowns with Swarovski crystal detail and the younger bridesmaid wore a white dress with a satin top and tulle skirt with red waistband. My flower girl wore a similar dress, but with a red satin top and flower detail.
Barry’s best man was his brother, Paul and our ushers were my brother-in-law Paul and family friend, Rob. They all wore black morning suits with frock coats and they all had red waistcoat and cravats except the groom who wore silver.
It was a religious ceremony.
St Michael and All Angels church, Dalton.
The Wrightington Country Club.
Yes, we had a silver Royale, with matching seven-seater Mercedes and a silver stretch limousine.
There were seventy guests in the daytime and a hundred and sixty in the evening.
Yes, the colours were red, white and silver and the theme was red roses and silver hearts.
The arrangements on the tables carried the red rose theme and all of the menus, place cards, favours, and napkins had all been printed with silver hearts and our names and wedding date
Yes, the men had vodka miniatures in a plastic case with silver hearts and our names and date; the ladies had sugared almonds in cones with two red roses entwined and a silver ribbon. The children had either a teddy (girls) or a car (boys) with ‘just married’ love hearts.
My flowers were a hand-tied posy with long stemmed red roses with red tulle and diamantes. My bridesmaids had the same but smaller versions in white. The flower girl tossed red and silver petal confetti. My table decorations comprised vases with red roses and tulle entwined. We also had 2 large pedestals which had a variety of red and white flowers, including roses and gerberas. My florist was Country Florist in Skelmersdale.
The venue handled our catering and they were fantastic. They gave us lots to choose from but if we wanted something else that was fine too.
Starter: cream of vegetable soup
Main: roast angus beef
Dessert: apple meringue and ice cream.
My cake was the cake of my dreams. Barry, his mum and my mum saw it first and all knew it would be the one I would choose. It was a four tier heart-shaped cake, two tiers of fruit and two of sponge. It had white glitter icing and silver ribbon with red roses going all the way around the hearts. It was made by AS cakes in Leyland.
During the wedding breakfast, special songs that Barry and I had chosen were played quietly and then in the night we had a karaoke disco.
We did, but we also asked for dollars for our honeymoon, as we bought our house last year and have most things that we needed. Items on the list were mainly decorative.
We stayed in the honeymoon suite at the Wrightington hotel the night of the wedding and then we spent an unforgettable two weeks on a cruise of the Mediterranean on royal Caribbean’s ‘Brilliance of the Seas.’
Apart from the persistent and torrential rain (considering it was August, when the organ played the first notes of ‘Here Comes the Bride’, I just froze and thought ‘This is it.’ Also Barry’s face when he saw me in my dress at the top of the aisle. He has always called me his princess and he said when I met him at the altar I looked every bit a real princess.
Not at all of the suppliers I chose were perfect and did an outstanding job.
There is nothing I would do differently, but I wish I could do it all over again – it was the most amazing day of my life. The only advice I’d give is to enjoy yourself and never bank on the weather and remember RAIN NEVER SPOILS YOUR WEDDING DAY! In fact, they say it’s good luck.