Sabina and Saleem June 1999 - How did you meet? We met in the Summer of 1996, when she was over here on a holiday, she came back and we…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
We met in February 2005, though not under great circumstances due to me losing my best friend.
Lou 27, Andy 31.
We know when – it was 8 June, about 6 weeks after we started going out. There was no big proposal – we were having a conversation and I think Andy said that he would love to marry me in the future.
I decided against a hen do as I’m not the partying type. Andy went to the pub for a game of pool with his best man.
He made phone calls, wrote cheques and dropped things off etc. If I couldn’t get things done because of work Andy would do it for me.
I used it quite a lot and the table planner was invaluable. I used the budget planner, guest list, the cafe and the shops… The Suppliers section also helped me to find my caterer, photographer and cake maker!
I do – it doesn’t have much information on it – but I did print the address inside the bottom of all the invites.
I purchased items online as I know that I would have changed my mind about a dozen times as I have been to the London store before. I bought table cameras, trivia boxes and a guest book.
My dress is a one-off, hand made by my cousin Davina. The top part of my dress is in beautiful ivory satin with delicate flower embroidery. In the middle of each flower I had a diamante attached so I sparkled in the sun. The bottom of my dress was gold and not very full. I had a contrasting gold wrap to wear on the day.
My cousin, Chloe, I was her Mum’s bridesmaid 16 years ago.
She wore ‘Lily’ by Alfred Angelo in Lavender and again this was from Cardiff Bridal Centre. She looked beautiful.
I had three: my friend Sarah who was my chief bridesmaid, my younger sister Mandi and my niece Bridey. I had them all in dusky pink. The style of dress was very similar to mine but the skirts were less full.
Crawley Register Office in West Sussex.
At the Function Suite, Broadfield Stadium, Crawley.
No. The groom walked to the ceremony while I was driven in my own car.
We invited 37 to the ceremony and another 22 to the reception.
We carried on the pink, ivory and gold from the outfits.
We had foil heart balloons, one pink and one gold on each table as our centre piece. We also had gold place cards and gold favour boxes.
Yes – We had gold cones filled with 5 different flavoured Jelly Belly Beans!
We didn’t have flowers.
We had to use the approved caterers for the venue who put on a fabulous buffet; they also set up the room and ran the bar for us.
I used Donna’s Cakes based in Hove. We had a 2-layer stacked cake; both layers were vanilla sponge with vanilla butter cream filling which was covered with two layers of sugar paste as we didn’t want marzipan. Around the join and on the top we had roses made in the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses. It was exactly what I wanted.
We hired a DJ for the evening.
We placed our gift list with Argos as it was easy for our guests to get to a store or shop online.
Our first night was in a local hotel. My cousin booked it as a surprise as we hadn’t organised anything because all the places I wanted were booked up!
Signing the register and then being presented by the registrar as Mr. and Mrs. Launchbury.
Hmmm – there was a bad traffic accident in the town which blocked so many roads. By the time I got round to getting ready I was running an hour and a half late…. There were also times when I thought that I may be a bridesmaid short… different ones on varying days!