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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: January 16, 2007
Chad and I met in Wolverhampton on a very drunk night out back in May 2004.
I am 27 and Chad is 26.
Chad proposed to me via text message from his mate’s stag do in Amsterdam! Must have got him in the mood for marriage!
I had three hen nights! One in Birmingham with a meal and dancing, a weekend in Spain with my sister-in-law, and a virgin vie party at my house to incorporate the mums! Chad and five of his mates went to Berlin for the weekend.
We shared the entire decision making and all the planning. He was very helpful.
I used the forums a lot to get ideas/tips/advice from other confetti girls.
My dress was ‘Kirsty’ by Romantica of Devon. I bought it from a shop in Welwyn Garden City. I had a full length satin edged veil and a pearl and crystal tiara. My shoes were Anouska by Rainbow.
I had my best friend from university and my sister-in-law as bridesmaids. They wore ‘cloud’ colour Davinci dresses purchased from Netbride.
Chad has his brother as best man and four ushers. They all wore suits hired from Moss Bros. with a silver waist coat and blue cravat
We had a civil ceremony.
Hellidon Lakes Golf and Country Club, Nr Daventry, Northants.
No, I stayed at the venue the night before.
We had about 80 guests to the day and around another additional 20 in the evening (mostly work colleagues).
Our theme was blue and silver.
We named our tables after characters from The Muppets, and had Muppet soft toys on the tables. In the centre of each table we placed a silver lantern with a tea light (from Ikea). This was surrounded by a circle of blue glass pebbles and silver and blue sprinkles. The place names were in blue and silver.
Yes. We wrapped a small selection of sweets and chocolates in a blue and silver layered tissue paper parcel and tied it with curled blue and silver ribbon.
We used Baskets and Bunches in Daventry. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of gypsifilia and steel grass with silver angel hair and my bouquet was blue agapanthus, gypsifilia and steel grass with silver angel hair. Our flower girl carried a wand covered in gypsifilia.
The venue handled the catering. We had soup, followed by pan-fried chicken breast, followed by duo of chocolate mousse.
We bought our cake layers from M&S, tiered them ourselves and decorated the base of each layer with blue and silver ribbon and made a topper of a spray of blue crystals.
We had a band play for one hour and then a disco.
We used wrapit.
Ha ha….our first night was spent in a horrible 2 star hotel near Heathrow airport as our flight was delayed by 23 1/2 hours! We went to Komandoo in the Maldives and booked with Hayes and Jarvis.
Definitely walking down the aisle and seeing my husband’s face!
The hotel ‘lost’ some of our families’ room bookings, and on the day my tiara dug into my head so much I had a lump on either side of my head for the whole honeymoon.
Don’t get stressed out during the planning. It’s all worth it in the end. Don’t worry about all the small details, as long as you and your husband are there – that’s what really matters. Try to get around and talk to everyone, you don’t want to think afterwards, I wish I had spoken to them! Lastly – enjoy, it will be the best day of your life.