These days, many couples choose to have a smaller wedding and reception. Not only does this often save on cost, but with only the closest of friends and family sharing…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 11, 2006
We first met when we were living next door to each other. We then met again at the local pub and it all happened from there.
We were camping in Wales in a place called Marloes. Phil proposed on the night that Mars was closest to earth last year.
I went on a spa day with my mum and my sister and then met up in the evening with work friends and others for dinner and a few drinks. Phil played golf in the morning and snooker in the afternoon followed by a heavy drinking session.
He was really helpful in organising the things like the seating plan, sorting out people’s dietary needs and he wrote all the invites for the wedding and the evening reception.
We used Confetti to buy place cards, confetti for the tables, favour boxes, gold napkins and our guest book and photo album.
Not yet – we’re working on it!
We used the website.
I wore a ivory dress with a daring ‘V. shape panel at the front. It was heavily beaded and detailed on the bodice and laced at the back with a detachable train.
I had three bridesmaids – my sister and two friends. The two oldest bridesmaids wore lilac two-piece outfits and the flower girl wore the dress that matched my wedding dress. The lilac of the bridesmaids dresses matched the men’s cravats and handkerchiefs.
Phil chose his friend to be his best man and his nephew as page boy. They wore velvet dark blue jackets, purple waistcoats and grey trousers. The page boy wore the same but without the jacket.
We had a civil ceremony.
The ceremony was at the Mendip House Hotel in Somerset.
At the same place as our wedding ceremony.
Yes – I had a Mercedes and the bridesmaids and my mum went in a Limo.
We had about 80 guests to the wedding and a further 80 to the evening reception.
We kept all the colours the same throughout the whole day – purple (to match the dresses) and gold. We had purple and white flowers and the table confetti was purple and gold. We had gold insert napkins.
We used the gold napkins that were the insert to the ivory ones. We had floating candles on the table and these had purple stones in the bottom.
Yes we did. The favour boxes were tied with gold ribbon and filled with purple sugared almonds. The children had ‘Love Hearts’.
I had calla lillies and roses and the bridesmaids had the same sort of things but scaled down and much smaller. My bouquet was a teardrop shape and the girls had posies.
The venue did the catering. We started with smoked mackerel and followed with roast beef. Pudding was a chocolate and fruit mousse – yummy!
My mum made our wedding cake and she tied the flowers in with my flowers so it all looked the same.
We had a disco in the evening.
No we didn’t. We asked people to contribute to our house fund as we are buying a house, or to donate money towards our honeymoon as we were away for three weeks.
We spent our first night as Mr & Mrs in the honeymoon suite in the hotel where we got married. We then flew to San Francisco and spent three weeks travelling the west side of the States. We organised the honeymoon ourselves.
All of it. It was so perfect I couldn’t really have a most memorable moment. My most favourite moments were marrying my husband and seeing his face when I walked in to the room.