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: October 11, 2006
We met seven years ago, when I was saving to go traveling and was working in a pub. He was a punter.
I am 32 and he is 46.
After he asked my dad (very nerve-racking for him). He proposed after a lovely day in Greenwich. I knew he was going to when he came back from the bar with champagne and then asked me to be his wife.
I had a pink theme and went pole dancing (harder than it seems) and then on a cruise on the Thames. It was great fun. Neil went to Portugal and played golf with a few friends.
He paid for a lot of it and agreed to my suggestions. The idea of the string quartet was his as was the choice of our wedding song.
Yes! I found my hairdresser and florist from chatting on the chat page as well as loads of advice.
Yes! We based our theme for the reception on the rose petals and so had all the stationery. Lots of my hen bits, confetti, books – loads of things I bought. I visited the shop and bought online.
The Dressing Room in Barnet. A Tracy Lee dress, which was nothing like I planned. Sequin top and a long train. I was actually very comfortable and one of the best dresses I have ever worn. Got to wear it three times!
Yes, but only for the reception. (We actually got married abroad). My two step daughters were the bridesmaids aged 10 and 11 and we got their dresses from BHS. Everybody commented how lovely they looked.
We chose not to have any.
Civil in Mauritius.
The Moorside Grange in Stockport.
Yes, a lovely car – to drive us around the block. I just wanted a car.
Two to the actual wedding (witnesses) and 36 to the reception
Yes! Red roses! Very romantic. I loved our theme and it all worked so well.
Red rose flowers. Tables named after different red roses. Red bows, red favours, scattered rose petals.
Yes! Men received a mini bottle of port and the ladies received a mini bottle of Baileys. Scattered petal boxes with red heart chocolates in them for all and matches for all. Everybody loved them and all took them home. Some even drank the minis (even though there was loads of free drink).
Red roses for me and the bridesmaids. Red roses on the cake and the table decorations were wrought iron candle holders with red roses wrapped around them. The florist was wonderful and very reasonable, called Buzzie Lizzies in Stockport.
The hotel handled the catering and we had a salmon starter, chicken main and a lovely strawberry cheesecake. Loved by all. Cheese and biscuits and coffee and chocs.
M&S three tiers of fruit cake. The florist decorated it with red roses and ivy and we had teddies on top. Lots of people commented how simple, but effective, it was.
We had a string quartet – who were a little disappointing as they did not stay as long as we had wanted. We played our own background music in the evening.
No, we opted for vouchers.
As we got married in Mauritius at the Trou aux Biche, we stayed there for another six nights for our honeymoon. It was wonderful and the service was amazing.
The actual wedding – trying to say my vows and not crying. The reception. Looking out at all our friends who were there and realising this was it – all we had spent 18 months planning. It was perfect.
On the day it poured with rain so we could not get married on the beach. The hotel sorted everything and it was even more special than if it was on the beach and we then wore our outfits again to have the rest of our pictures another day. We were so much more relaxed, so they are lovely.
I would have a senior bridesmaid to help. Enjoy every moment. We got married abroad with only four people and it was wonderful as we spent the day together and enjoying the wedding. Then we had the reception (just like a normal wedding but just no wedding). so got to have 2 wedding days as such and could relax and enjoy our friends. I would not have done it any other way.