Sarah and Les 26/02/2006 - Lakeside Hotel, Newby Bridge Where, when and how did he (or you!) propose? In a club in Morecambe. How did your groom help with…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: January 16, 2007
We met through mutual friends on a night out in Manchester in 1997, but it took us until 2003 to get our act together!
We are both 27.
Andy arranged a surprise weekend away which turned out to be at Melville Castle in Edinburgh. I thought he might propose that weekend, but I thought in case I was wrong then I would propose instead. I didn’t need to though for as soon as we got to the hotel, Andy got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He’d even smuggled champagne, glasses and a single red rose into his weekend bag.
We had both. For my hen night, my bridesmaid arranged a fun night in a fancy hotel in Manchester for five of my closest girlfriends. Andy’s stag do was spent climbing Kinder Scout in the morning, and going for a curry in the evening!
Andy helped to chose everything, and made sure that he knew what was going on (a big help!). He arranged the car and found a florist too.
I used the forum, both to read and post on for ideas and reassurance about all sorts of things!
My guest book came from Confetti and it was bought online.
My Margaret Lee dress was a strapless, ivory two-piece dress with crystals on the bodice. The skirt had a chiffon overlay and a small train. I didn’t wear a veil. For jewelry, I wore a gold heart pendant that belonged to my great-great grandmother and pearl earrings which were a present from by parents. My dress was from the lovely Brides of Rochdale and my shoes were from BHS.
I just had one bridesmaid, my oldest friend. She wore a burgundy strapless dress from BHS.
Andy’s best man was his best friend, Bob, and instead of ushers, he had Martin, his brother-in-law, as a groomsman. Bob wrote the best man speech and Martin read it out – a true team effort! They all wore outfits from Moss Bros – simple black suits and waistcoats.
The Last Drop Village Hotel, Bolton.
The Last Drop Village Hotel, Bolton.
A very old Daimler – it nearly conked out but I’ve always wanted to do the whole classic car thing!
We invited around 90, and they were all invited to the whole day.
The colours were burgundy and ivory, and we wanted the day to be simple yet classy.
The table linens were burgundy and ivory, and we had red, silver and pink heart sprinkles on the tables. The roses on the tables were burgundy and ivory and were just two roses in a plain glass vase with a little bear grass.
Yes – Green and Black’s chocolates in a box with paper roses on top.
The bouquets were hand-tied roses. Mine was red and ivory roses with diamantes in the red roses and my bridesmaid’s was ivory. The table settings were two long stem roses in a vase. The florist was All Blooming Things of Brandlesholme, Bury.
Instead of a sit-down meal, we had a hot buffet so people could have what they wanted. The venue did the catering.
Our cake was three tiers of fruit cake (the only kind of cake I like), and was decorated with burgundy and ivory sugar roses with trailing sugar ivy. It was made by Pam at Cakes of Distinction of Middleton.
We had a string quartet for before the ceremony, during the ceremony, during drinks and during the meal. We then had a disco in the evening.
We spent our first night in the Bridal Suite at the Last Drop, and our honeymoon, booked with Tradewinds, was spent in Hong Kong and Dubai.
Other than actually getting married, the best part of the day was the receiving line, where we were able to greet and spend time with each and every guest.
Our wedding took place during the World Cup (the kick-off was exactly the time of the ceremony!) and we were convinced no-one would turn up! They did though, and England won, so people were in a good mood!
I would say have a receiving line, even if it’s just the two of you, as it’s the only part of the day where you can spend time with your guests. I’d also put your foot down as much as possible, and try not to let anyone take over the planning – the day is about the two of you and no-one else!