The New Bath Hotel in Matlock, Derbyshire How and when did you meet?
We met in a local pub in 2001.
How old are you both?
I’m 22 and he is 23.
Where, when and how did he (or you!) propose?
He proposed in the car after a night out. We had been together for around 1 1/2 years.
Did you have hen and stag celebrations? If so, what did you do?
The hen night was in Chesterfield with all my friends and family. Most of us dressed up which was real laugh. Gary had two stag parties. He went away for the weekend with the lads and some of his relatives to Whitley Bay, and then had a local one in Chesterfield with all those who didn’t make it to Whitley Bay.
How did your groom help with the wedding planning?
He arranged the suit hire perfectly. He also chose the honeymoon destination and chose our first dance. His best idea was to have mini eggs as favours. He helped me with most of the planning.
Did you use confetti to plan your wedding? If so, how did the website help you?
Yes, I used confetti. I used the forums a lot and got loads of ideas. I also ordered my favour decorations, bubbles, candle holders, etc all from confetti. Everything was so nice and really reasonably priced.
Did you buy any confetti products for your wedding? If so, did you visit a store, buy online or by mail order?
I ordered online as it was really easy.
Tell us about your outfit, and where you bought it
My dress was like something out of a fairytale. It was a creamy pale gold with small beaded detail on the bodice, with tiny thin straps. It had a really long train. I had a lovely veil with small diamonds on the edge. As the back of my dress was plain, the veil set it off amazingly. My tiara was quite simple with pearls and diamonds. I got my dress from a shop called Strides in Chesterfield and it was designed by Amanda Wyatt. As was my tiara.
Did you have bridesmaids? If so, who did you choose and what did they wear?
I had a chief bridesmaid (Linzi, 24) who is my best friend and two small bridesmaids—my sister Chelsea (8) and my cousin, Stephanie (10). Linzi had a coffee coloured ankle length dress from Debenhams. Chelsea and Stephanie both had their dresses from the bridal rooms at the co-op in Chesterfield. Their dresses where the same colour as my dress. They were by Romantica of Devon, called Fifi. They both had matching shoes called Tinkerbell.
Who did your groom choose for his best man and ushers, and what did they wear?
Gary chose his best friend, Carl, to be best man. My brother, Michael, was our usher. Gary chose simple black suits with a coffee coloured gold waistcoat. There where by Formal affair at Chesterfield co-op. They all looked stunning.
Did you have a civil or religious ceremony?
We had a civil ceremony.
Where did you hold your ceremony?
It was held at The New Bath Hotel in Matlock, Derbyshire.
Where did you hold your reception?
It was also at The New Bath Hotel.
Did you have any special wedding transport?
Yes, my dad hired a limo to take me, him, and the bridesmaids to the ceremony.
How many guests did you invite to your wedding, and did you have a separate evening guest list?
There where around 100-120 in the day and an extra 20 invited at night.
Did your reception have a particular theme in terms of colour or style?
The theme remained the same all day. Ivory and gold.
How did you incorporate this in to your table settings?
We had cream table cloths. A posy bowl in the middle with cream roses. Gold star table confetti, frosted votives with tea lights. Our menus where done in cream and gold. I made the table cards myself. Cream cards with a small flower on each. The favours were made by me and Gary. They were small cream bags with a gold decoration. It looked really posh.
Did you give your guests favours?
Yes, we used mini eggs in little cream drawstring bags. They were decorated with gold beads.
Describe your flowers (bouquets and table decorations). Who was your florist?
I had a hand tied bouquet of cream roses. There where small pearl/beads in it. The bridesmaids had daisy balls on a chain of beads. My chief bridesmaid had a smaller version of mine. The table decorations were posy bowls again in creamy colours. Our florist was a lady called Wendy Schofield from Tibshelf.
What did you choose to have on your menu? Did you have an outside caterer or did your venue handle the catering?
The hotel did all the catering. We had tomato and basil soup for the starter, followed by roast beef for the main course and profiteroles and chocolate sauce for dessert. It was beautiful. We also had a buffet in the evening.
What did you choose for your wedding cake, and who made it?
Both me and Gary don’t really like wedding cake but still wanted a cake as it is tradition. So we brought three tiers of wedding cake from Tesco and the florist decorated them with fresh flowers. Cheap but very effective.
Did you have any entertainment during the day or evening?
We hired a string quartet to play during our ceremony and for whilst the photos where being taken. They where part of Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra. For the reception we had a disco and also hired a chocolate fountain.
Did you have a gift list? If so, who did you have your list with?
Where did you spend your first night and honeymoon? Who did you book your honeymoon with?
We stayed in the honeymoon suite after the wedding but didn’t go on honeymoon until a few weeks after our wedding. This was because Gary’s step-brother was getting married shortly after us. We went to Cancun, Mexico for two weeks. It was with Thompson. It was the holiday of a lifetime.
What was your most memorable moment of the day?
When we were saying our vows. It was the happiest but most emotional moment of both of our lives.
Did you experience any ‘nightmare’ moments in the run up to your wedding or on the day?
Not really, but I did keep having a dream where I turned up at the wedding in my night dress!
Is there anything you would do differently, or any advice you would give to other brides?
I wouldn’t change a single thing about our day as it went perfectly. My only advice is to enjoy every second as the day goes by so quickly. Oh, and not to worry as once the day arrives you will just be so happy nothing else will matter.