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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
We met in November 2000 at the Eros night club in Enfield.
Paul is 40 and I am 39.
– We were in Corfu in 2004 when he chose a ring for me and said it was about time we got hitched. I agreed but suggested waiting for five years or so. We finally set the date for two years as Paul wanted to marry by the age of 40!
Fourteen of us girlies went to Butlins at Bognor Regis on 3rd March 2006 for an ‘80s weekend. It was a brilliant weekend and I can’t remember too much about it, although my daughter took some video evidence. Paul went to Blackpool with eight other pals. They all got extremely drunk but they were very good to him and brought him back in one piece.
Everything we organised was a joint decision apart from my dress and it was lovely that he showed so much interest as many men just leave it up to the Mrs.!
Confetti was brilliant. I used the planner to organise things – the table planner was excellent. I used the Cafe to talk to other brides-to-be, to get advice and help when things got a bit too much for me.
I did have but was not sure how to use it.
My dress came from Hong Kong and Paul’s mum did a few alterations for me. My head dress came from the USA and my shoes came from Bulgaria, a very international mix.
I had four bridesmaids and their dresses came from the USA. My chief bridesmaid was Paul’s sister Michelle, her two girls Zara and Amber were bridesmaids and my matron of honour was my very good friend Angie. The two older bridesmaids wore pale blue and the younger ones wore ivory.
Paul’s best man was his brother in law Dave. The two ushers were my son Shane and Paul’s cousin Niall; they wore navy tail suits and the best man wore a navy Prince Edward jacket.
It was in St. Bartholomew’s Church in Streatham Vale.
Waltham Abbey Church, Essex.
Halsey Masonic Hall in Cheshunt.
The bridesmaids went in a cream Bentley while I went with my mum and step dad in a cream Beauford.
We had 99 guests to the wedding and then a further 60 guests in the evening.
We decorated the tables in the same blue and ivory that matched our wedding colours. Paul’s mum made all the table decorations while Paul and I made the place card holders and name settings and other friends helped with the favour bags for the ladies.
Yes, these were made by a very good friend, Carol.
My bouquet was a teardrop of ivory roses and greenery with blue muslin amongst the flowers. The older bridesmaids had a smaller round of ivory roses and the younger bridesmaids had ivory satin baskets with blue flowers and beads hanging from them and silk rose petals inside the baskets.
The venue did our catering and the guests had a choice of:
prawn cocktail or melon, sirloin of beef or chicken with white wine sauce with potatoes and vegetables. strawberry gateaux or sherry trifle with coffee and mints to follow.
A work colleague made our cake. We had three tiers in ivory with blue roses; the cake was a hexagonal shaped fruit cake with an awful lot of drink in it.
We had a toastmaster for the meal, then we had a DJ in the evening who kept people on the dance floor all night – both were brilliant.
We didn’t have a gift list as such, most guests kindly gave us money or gift vouchers.
We stayed at the Marriot Hotel in Cheshunt on the night of the wedding. We then went to Dubai on the following Wednesday for our honeymoon, which we booked through Virgin Atlantic. There were a few hiccups with our hotel etc. but the honeymoon was wonderful.
Meeting my groom at the altar and seeing how nervous he was.
A week before the wedding I heard that the DJ and toastmaster hadn’t booked us in their diaries. We assumed they had been booked for months and fortunately they could still do it. Then receiving an email from the holiday company a day before the wedding saying that they had bumped us into another hotel, so we had to rearrange all our transfers etc. The vicar had forgotten to start the hymn so nobody was singing. When we arrived at the Marriot on the night of the wedding they hadn’t given us the honeymoon suite.
Nothing at all, it was a lovely day, all the guests were happy and went with the flow