Jude and Nick’s Real Life Wedding

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Jude and Nick

17/02/2007 – St Andrews Church in Haughton Village, Darlington
Hotel Bannatyne in Darlington

Jude and Nick's wedding photos

How and when did you meet?

We met in 2000. Nick was on his summer break from university and was working with my mam. I went into the store one day and instantly liked him a lot. We were both in other relationships so it took about a year to get together.

How old are you both?

I am 27 and Nick is 26.

Where, when and how did he (or you!) propose?

He proposed in June 2002 on our first anniversary together. He took me to a hotel that was very special to us and got down on one knee and straight away we popped open the champers!

Did you have hen and stag celebrations? If so, what did you do?

Yes, I went to Yarm (Teesside) for a girlie night out and Nick went karting and on a pub crawl in York with all his mates.

How did your groom help with the wedding planning?

He sat back and I did most of the organising but I always asked his opinion as I felt it was our day and that it was important we made decisions together.

Did you use confetti to plan your wedding? If so, how did the website help you?

Yes, we were in the store and online. The website was easy to navigate and helped a lot with ideas.

Did you buy any confetti products for your wedding? If so, did you visit a store, buy online or by mail order?

Yes, lots of chocolate favours, cameras and chocolate trivia, which went down very well!

Tell us about your outfit, and where you bought it

My outfit was bought at Poppy’s in Darlington. It was a Pronovias dress (Ipanema) and was stunning. I had so many comments about the dress and the fact that it was so different.

Did you have bridesmaids? If so, who did you choose and what did they wear?

Yes, I had my three best mates as bridesmaids. They wore dresses from Monsoon. The dresses were chocolate brown, floaty and knee length. They all looked beautiful.

Who did your groom choose for his best man and ushers, and what did they wear?

Nick had his best mate Rob as best man and my brother and sister-in-law as ushers. The men all wore ivory waistcoats, cravats and black suits. Whilst my sister-in-law wore a gorgeous chocolate brown dress with ivory jacket.

Did you have a civil or religious ceremony?

We chose to have a religious ceremony in a church.

Where did you hold your ceremony?

St. Andrews Church in Haughton Village, Darlington. The service was so infomal and laid back. We had great feedback from guests.

Where did you hold your reception?

We held the reception at Hotel Bannatyne in Darlington. Again the food and service were second to none.

Did you have any special wedding transport?

Yes, I had a Beauford, which was simply beautiful.

How many guests did you invite to your wedding, and did you have a separate evening guest list?

We invited 90 to the day and another 20 to the evening.

Did your reception have a particular theme in terms of colour or style?

The colour theme was pink, ivory and chocolate brown. We had balloons in these colours and buttonholes to match.

How did you incorporate this in to your table settings?

We had fabulous table decorations. Fish bowls with pebbles and floating pink and ivory geberas. They were unsual but looked the part.

Did you give your guests favours?

We gave our guests chocolates from Confetti. The pink heart shaped chocolates. We also put lots of Confetti chocolate trivia on the table and cameras to capture the action!!

Describe your flowers (bouquets and table decorations). Who was your florist?

I had pink and ivory gerberas and roses. Whilst the bridesmaids had small ivory gerberas with brown ribbon. Buttonholes were pink geberas.

What did you choose to have on your menu? Did you have an outside caterer or did your venue handle the catering?

The hotel handled the catering and we had typical winter grub. We had tomato and basil soup for starters, roast beef for main and sticky toffee pudding for desert. We also had a veggie option as I am veggie. This was goat’s cheese tart and was delicious!

What did you choose for your wedding cake, and who made it?

Jilly’s cakes in Darlington made the cake. It was a three tier chocolate and sponge cake with white chocolate fingers around the sides. We also had a Marks and Spencer fruit cake which we kept out the back for the guests who prefer traditional cake.

Did you have any entertainment during the day or evening?

We had a bagpiper for the ceremony, which went down well. We also had a saxophone player for the time whilst we had our photos taken. This really set the mood and kept guests entertained at this usually boring time. We had a quiz for the guests in the evening which went down an absolute storm. We had prizes for the best team. The quiz was based on myself and Nick and other things associated with us. This was so much fun and started the evening off with a bang!

Did you have a gift list? If so, who did you have your list with?

We had a gift list with John Lewis.

Where did you spend your first night and honeymoon? Who did you book your honeymoon with?

First night was spent in the hotel and we spent five days in Paris. As I am a teacher I only had one week off work. We are going to Australia and New Zealand for five weeks in the summer though!!

What was your most memorable moment of the day?

Everything really but the key things that stand out are the getting ready with my mates on the morning, arriving at the church, the ceremony and seeing everyone throughout the day.

Did you experience any ‘nightmare’ moments in the run up to your wedding or on the day?

No, thankfully it was all plain sailing!

Is there anything you would do differently, or any advice you would give to other brides?

It is your day, you have it how you want it. Don’t try to please everyone as it is not possible. Take the day in and have a moment with your husband to take it all in. Relax and enjoy!!

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