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: November 6, 2006
Ross and I met at my friend’s 21st. My friend, Kerryn, was also there and she had dragged her brother, Ross, along. We started chatting and clicked straight away.
I’m 24 and Ross is 27.
Ross proposed on one knee on our balcony on our first holiday in Zante, Greece on October 3rd 2004.
I went to a Greek taverna with all my friends and family and danced on the tables! Ross went Greyhound racing with friends and family.
He agreed with everything I picked out! And supported me during any problems we encountered!
Yes, I was addicted to the forum and loved looking at the real life section.
I got a few bits for the reception-bubbles and ribbon etc.
My dress was from Together Forever Bridal in Crayford-they were so helpful and friendly. My dress was white, ball gown style with a lace up bodice top, encrusted with beads, the skirt was full with layers of tulle and embroidered with pink and silver stitching and more beads and sequins, this also continued down the very long train!
I had three bridesmaids. My cousin was my matron of honour and she wore a pink prom dress from Betsy and Adam, and my sisters wore pink and white dresses that were custom made from Needles and Pinza in Erith. My page boy wore a mini suit.
Ross chose his best friend, Stuart, as best man and my brother and cousin were ushers. They hired black morning suits with pink accessories from Burtons.
Belvedere Baptist Church, Belvedere, Kent
The Sportsman, Erith.
Yes, we hired a Princess van de plas.
We had 50 guests for the day, and an extra 80 in the evening.
Just pink and hearts where possible!
We had pink tablecloths, pink and silver table confetti, and pink balloon centre pieces.
No, instead we filled plastic champagne glasses with pink and silver choc hearts and put them on the tables. The children were given rabbit shaped favour boxes with white choc buttons in them.
We all had ivory and pink roses. I had a tear drop bouquet and the bridesmaids had hand tied posies. Our florist called Paula, also decorated our cake.
The venue took care of all of the catering and we had a fork buffet for the sit down consisting of hot and cold meats, dressed salmon, salads, etc and a finger buffet in the evening.
We got the cakes from Marks and Spencer. And our florist decorated it.
We had a disco in the evening so everyone could have a boogie!
We had one with Argos and one with Next.
Our honeymoon wasn’t until September and we went to Lake Garda, Italy.
My grandparents paid for the honeymoon suite on our wedding night at our local Marriott hotel.
There were so many….
My granddad’s speech, my husband’s speech, my cousin break dancing, Ross and his best man and brother dancing to Queen on the stage…the list continues.
Our outside caterers cancelled six weeks before-luckily our venue could fit us in! Also my hairdresser phoned in sick on the morning of the wedding-argh-so that was a nightmare, but was fine in the end!
Don’t stress! Enjoy every moment as it goes so quickly. Have a guestbook-it makes great reading and make sure you get someone to video it, even if it’s not professional. My dad did a fab job.