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: July 16, 2007
We met in a club – Helen was being set up with David’s best friend, but chose the right friend!
Helen 25, David 27.
Christmas Eve 2004, just over a year after we met, while cooking the turkey for Christmas dinner.
We had a joint Hag in our favourite club in Belfast.
David chose the main flower – gloriosa lily. He helped with making the checklists for everything, helped with the Table plan, rang the photographer etc to check things were going to plan. We had equal say on all arrangements.
Looked for dress ideas.
I wore Fable by Rembo Styling, and bought it in Biento Madame in Belfast. Was not at all what I had thought I’d wear, but put it on and knew it was my dress.
I had one bridesmaid, who wore a dress and shoes from Karen Millen. My baby cousin was my flowergirl.
David chose not to have a best man, but had my uncle and brother as ushers. Everyone wore whatever they were comfortable in. David wore a striped Paul Smith shirt, bright red tie and dark navy velvet jacket. My uncle kept the blue theme with his outfit, and my brother wore a striped shirt. They co-ordinated rather than matched!
My family’s church.
Clandeboye Lodge, Bangor
We travelled in a Silver & Blue and white Daimlers.
40 people at wedding and reception, and then 20 more at evening do.
We had a relaxed reception, naming our tables after Egyptian pharaohs, as were honeymooning in Egypt.
No top table, just 4 round tables.
We gave our guests lottery scratchcards.
Bouquets – gloriosa lilies, red tea roses and autumn berries. Table centres – gloriosa lilies in tall glass vases.
The Clandeboye Lodge did the catering, and we had vegetable soup, melon, roast turkey and ham with all the trimmings, crème brulee (chosen by David).
We had a one tier cake from Marks and Spencer.
We had a soloist while we were signing the register in the church. We had a DJ at our evening reception.
We decided not to have a gift list, and asked for vouchers for our favourite house shops instead.
First night was in our reception hotel. We then had 3 days off work to spend with family who had come across from England and then spent our honeymoon in London for 3 days to start, and then went to Egypt for a week.
When my one year old cousin screamed at the part where the minister asked if anyone had any reason why we shouldn’t be married. It made us both laugh and made us slightly less nervous than we had been saying our vows!
We kept our wedding small, which meant we were able to talk to and thank everyone who had been invited and they really shared in our day. We also had very little alcohol – two glasses of champagne each – this meant we were able to keep our dignity and stayed up dancing at the evening do until after midnight!