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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: October 24, 2007
Met at a friends BBQ ‐ my friend was Wayne’s cousin.
I am 23 and Wayne is 30
Wayne proposed 26/06/2005 down by the river in Norwich. He had chosen the engagement ring himself (and even got the right size!!), and got down on one knee whilst we were sitting down by the river.
My hen night was at the Holiday Inn in Norwich and was a ‘Good Girls Night’ with 3 course meal, Robbie Williams tribute act, disco, and exotic male dancers!! Wayne had 2 stag nights ‐ one night out at the races with the boys from work, and went out for a meal with his best man (his brother), brother in law, dad, and father ‐ in‐ law to be.
We both went to lots of wedding fayres and went to see all the suppliers together to chose what to have. He also chose his and the groomsmens outfits (with a little help from me).
Confetti was a great help in chosing decorations and favours etc, and was great to read about other brides weddings and get ideas.
I had a gold dress from sincerity with corsetted beaded bodice, and full skirt with beading details and long train, which was bought from a small family bridal boutique in Gorleston. I had a gold tiara and champagne silk lined veil with beading detail.
I had 4 bridesmaids inc my sister, sister‐in‐law, and 2 best friends, and they wore long burgundy gowns with gold sash, and burgundy wrap. The dresses were custom made by my mum, and were brilliant. They also wore burgundy feather fascinators, which were also handmade by myself and mum.
Wayne’s brother Ashley was his best man, and he and the fathers wore Prince Edward black suits, with gold waistcoats and burgundy cravats.
Caistor Hall in Norwich
In the coach house at Caistor Hall, Norwich
We had a stretched silver limousine for myself, bridesmaids, mum, dad. Wayne and the best man arrived at the wedding in a Dodge Charger (Dukes of Hazard car).
We had 50 guests to the ceremony, and a further 40 came to the evening reception.
The overall theme was Parisian/Moulin Rouge, with burgundy feathers.
The tables were named after Paris landmarks.
The favours were handmade by myself and mum, and were marshmallow hearts wrapped in an organza sheet and tied with red roses.
My auntie made all out flower arrangements. My bouquet was 25 bacara roses, with pearls, and tied with gold ribbon. The table decorations were silk arrangements of various red and pink flowers.
We had a 3 course meal of Leak and Potato soup with bacon lardoons, roast turkey with all the trimmings, raspberry cheesecake and ice‐cream for dessert. This was catered by Caistor Hall.
My uncle who is a baker in Scotland made our wedding cake. It was based on one we had liked from a wedding fayre and were going to order before my uncle said he would like to make us our cake as a wedding gift. It was a staggered 3 tier cloud shaped cake (2 tiers fruit and 1 tier sponge), with ivory icing, and burgundy bows round the edge, and with handmade decorations of white feathers and red roses and hearts on top.
We had a harpist to play before the ceremony, during the register signing, and after the ceremony when the guests were having drinks on the lawn. We had a DJ for the evening reception who played cheesy and party hits all evening.
We didn’t have a gift list.
Our first night was in the bridal suite of Caistor Hall. Our honeymoon was in Paris (booked through Going Places). We had 7 nights in a 4 star hotel off the Champs Elysees, and then 3 nights in the Disney Hotel at Disneyland.
The most memorable moment of the day was seeing Wayne for the first time at the end of the aisle. He turned to look at me walking down the aisle and we both looked at each other, and burst into tears. It was very emotional, but so lovely.
The only thing to go wrong on the day was that the limousine was 30 mins late to pick me up. I received a phone call 10 mins before the car was due to pick us up to say that our intended car had been involved in an accident, but that another was on it’s way. The car that arrived wasn’t the one we had ordered, but it was only a minor detail, and I stll made it to the ceremony on time, so all was well.
I would advise any future brides to make the most of their day. It really does go by so quickly, so take in every moment. I wouldn’t do anything differently. I budgeted for everything I wanted out of the day, so if you really want something but don’t think you can afford it, try and cut back on something you aren’t so bothered about. It’s your day, so plan it how you want to.