These days, many couples choose to have a smaller wedding and reception. Not only does this often save on cost, but with only the closest of friends and family sharing…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: September 27, 2006
15 years ago at a family party. Jonathan’s best friend use to go out with a cousin of mine. We were both quite young and not particularly looking for a long term partner but we connected straight away and had such a good time together the years flew by!
33 and 38.
We were out in Cambridge at the lovely Midsummer Common restaurant celebrating 14 years together. The subject turned to weddings and we decided jointly that it was something we both wanted to do, not just for ourselves, but also to celebrate our relationship with our close family and friends.
Yes. I had a girly pamper evening at my sister’s house with lots of home cooked tapas style dishes and the bridesmaid made brilliant cocktails. The groom had a London pub crawl by the Thames and a meal out with his family and mates.
Not really. We had discussed together what we wanted and then I took over with the entire organisation including helping him organise the stag do!
I found Confetti advice pages very helpful and their directory invaluable for finding florists, hair and make up artists etc.
Yes, I bought some card making toppers and materials for our homemade invites.
I had two outfits! First one was an a-line strapless dress above the ankles and made of creamy white satin with a French lace overlay from Morgan Davis. I topped it off with a beautiful headband from Butler and Wilson. My second dress was lighter and floaty from Monsoon. It was ivory white with silver sequins – perfect for the first dance.
I had one bridesmaid and a flower girl – I didn’t have a strict theme and was happy for them to choose what they wanted to wear.
Jonathan chose his best mate from primary school who also supplied the wedding cake and gave a great speech. We had two ushers- his cousins-who were excellent.
The whole thing was held at St. Stephen’s Club just opposite St James’s Park.
The reception was in the garden of St Stephen’s. We had a Pimms reception followed by a BBQ. Luckily the weather held out.
No need with an all-in-one venue.
90 for the whole day.
The flowers were pink and white indoors and outside the pink was combined with orange to give a warm summery feel.
We wanted an informal day so no table settings. We just had pink flowers in the centre. People could either sit inside or out.
My auntie from New York made a rich (and alcoholic) fruit cake which we boxed and handed out to everyone when they left.
My florist was Jo Copperwaite who was brilliant. My flowers were made up of simple creamy white roses. The bridesmaid had a corsage and the flower girl had a wand of a single rose.
The venue handled the catering. Four choices of BBQ lamb, swordfish/tuna steak, tandoori chicken and stuffed mushrooms and lots of salads and pasta side dishes. The dessert selection was amazing. There was a cheeseboard later in the evening and the cut wedding cake.
The best man sorted out the wedding cake. It was a two tiered white cake with three beautiful, pink sugar roses on the top and then a scattering of tiny pink flowers along the side.
We had a classical trio during the ceremony and for an hour of the drinks reception. We had a salsa/ merengue 5 piece band in the evening followed by a DJ. It was great. Everyone danced especially my dad!
We made up our own gift lists with a selection of activities and hotels on our honeymoon so guests had the option to contribute. We also had a small selection of gifts at John Lewis for those who wanted to buy something.
We spent the night at Crowne Plaza which was five minutes from the venue. The next day we went on our honeymoon to Tanzania and stayed at a lovely coffee lodge near Mount Meru. In fact all the lodges/camps we stayed at were great.
The ceremony was most memorable because I was so nervous but there was no reason to be.
Not really. I was indecisive about the dress and finding a band but it was all perfect in the end.
If you are organising the wedding yourself make a draft running order and list the suppliers in each section. Work through it as you book and organise each section of the day. Savour every moment…the day flies by!