James and I met over the internet; we would spend hours a day just talking to each other until we felt like we knew each other inside out. The only…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: July 24, 2009
27th June 2009
We met 3 and a half years ago at a wedding reception.
Im 21 and James is 28
On our 6 month anniversary of meeting James took me back to the hotel we met at for a meal. Before leaving he pulled me into the room where we met and he had organised to have the chairs put in the same position as they were the night of the meet. He then did the romantic approach and got down on one knee and asked me. And of coarse I said YES!
We both had two each. I went to Sheffield on a night out with the girls where we dressed up with sashes and whistles and then the 2nd was a meal for the older generation of the girls and out round our local town for a few (a lot actually). He went to Birmingham with the lads. And 2nd he went to dog racing with all the older generation of the men.
He helped with all the making of the stationery and we decided on everything together from the music to the venue.
Yes. The forums help tremendously. And the check list was a big help too.
I bought quite a lot from Confetti online. Including my beautiful invites and favour boxes.
My Dress was a Maggie Sottero Dress called Victoriana. I ordered it over a year ago from a shop locally in Leicestershire. My jewellery was also from the same bridal shop.
I had 5 Bridesmaids. 2 Adults, my best Friend Kelly and brothers girlfriend Holly (who was also a good friend from school.) And 3 little bridesmaids, my two sisters Kimberly and Melanie and our friends daughter Alice. They all wore satin dresses made by a family friend. The adults wore a black dresses with a pink sash and the children wore pink dresses with a black sash.
James chose Wayne as his best man who has been his best friend for many years and my brother also Wayne and friend Luke as his ushers. We also had Joseph as our pageboy which was also our friends child.
St Botolphs Church, Shepshed
The Quorn Grange Hotel, Quorn
Yes we had a Beauford Tourer in cream and a deep pink to take me and my dad to the church and then me and my new husband to the reception. We also had a Mercedes S Class to take the bridesmaids and my mum to church.
In the day we had 70 people at our wedding breakfast. We then invited about another 50 people at night. I’m sure there were more people in church as well.
We had a pink, black, ivory and butterfly theme throughout the planning and day.
On our tables we had a pink vase with ivory roses and a big black butterfly with the table name written on which were all named butterfly in different languages. We also had butterfly place cards which sat on top of the glasses and our cake stand was an acrylic butterfly stand.
Yes our guests had little ivory favour boxes filled with White Rainbow Drops (aka jazzies) and the little girls in the families all got a little butterfly hair clip.
My bouquet was an ivory rose trailing bouquet. The bridesmaids all had wrist corsages in ivory roses and the tables had 3 ivory roses to symbolise the three years we had been engaged on the day of the wedding.
The venue handled the catering and we had: melon and sorbet for starters, chicken with roast potatoes and vegetables for main and then a yummy meringue nest filled with strawberries and raspberries.
We had a Marks and Spencer wedding cake. The traditional cake. We had three tiers of sponge and I bought the cake stands for it
In the day we didn’t need for any entertainment as it went quite quickly. The kids were playing in the gardens and we managed to get round all the guests to say hello. At night we had a DJ who played a song list which I put together with the help of the Confetti ladies on the forums.
We didn’t have a gift list. We just asked our guests to contribute towards our garden fund if they wanted to.
Our first night was spent at the hotel we had the reception at. Then the next day we flew to the Maldives for our honeymoon. We booked the honeymoon through First Choice.
When we were pronounced husband and wife and we kissed! It makes me smile so much when I think about it. Also when we got to the hotel we decided to take a little walk around the gardens together before we mingled with guests.
My husbands sister made things very difficult. She was supposed to be my 3rd adult bridesmaid but she complained she didn’t like the dress or the shoes, so we decided for her not to be one any more. On the day we had two little hiccups. My mums zip on her dress broke 2 hours before the church so she had to get it fixed. And the Minibus I booked for the bridesmaids didn’t turn up. But they did send a car instead.
The only thing I would do differently is make sure I got more pictures of just me in my dress. Other than that the day was perfect I am now married and love looking at all the pictures from the day. Just remember that its your day and you need to relax and enjoy it.