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: January 17, 2007
We met at an evening out with work colleagues.
Jon proposed in September 2005 when we were on holiday in Mexico. I had been really ill suffering with toothache and out of the blue just near to our hotel, Jon proposed. He had even managed to smuggle the ring out without me seeing or knowing about it.
Yes, we both had two. We had nights out locally where we both live, then I had a girly weekend in Nottingham which was great and Jon went to Prague.
Yes, he was amazing from start to finish. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without him.
Yes, the cafe was useful to get tips from other brides/brides-to-be and I also bought quite a few items from the site as well
Yes, buying online was very easy. We bought our disposable cameras and also some candles for our tables as well.
I LOVED IT ! My dress was ‘Taboo’ by Romantica of Devon. It was ivory in colour and I had a few little bits and pieces changed on it. I had pink beads sewed into the corset top and also had some of the flowers on the skirt moved so it looked more elegant.
Yes, I had two bridesmaids—my sister Michelle (who was a star), my friend Julie and we also had Jon’s niece Keren as a flower girl.
Jon couldn’t decide between two of his best friends so had both his friends, Paul and Andy. He also had two ushers, Bill and Leon.
We had a civil ceremony.
Our civil ceremony was held in ‘The Great Hall’ at The Letchworth Hall Hotel. This is the older part of the building and was just right for what we wanted.
Our reception was also at The Letchworth Hall Hotel. We had our wedding breakfast and reception in The Marston Suite which was the newly refurbished part of the hotel and was perfect .
Yes, myself, my brother (who gave me away ) and the bridesmaid traveled to the venue in a 1957 mk7 Jaguar. The car was white and decorated with pick ribbon.
We had 75 to the ceremony and wedding breakfast and a further 70 evening guests.
Yes, our theme was pink, ivory and silver and also everything was given a ‘sweet’ theme.
Each table had a different name and was named after different penny sweets. We had flumps, alphabet letters, strawberry milkshakes, flying saucers and so on. Each table was also decorated with pink and ivory balloons with pink cameras and the top table was finished off with pink organza.
Yes, each guest was given a lottery scratch card which went down well although there were no big winners unfortunately.
The flowers were put together by Lunaria Florist. They were lovely. I had a large teardrop bouquet and my bridesmaids had smaller hand held versions. Jon had a co-coordinating buttonhole, the best men single roses and the ushers carnations.
The menu was put together by the hotel. We had melon to start, roast turkey and all the trimmings for main and Bailey’s cheesecake for dessert … YUM!
We bought a cake from Marks and Spencer’s and decorated it ourselves. We were really pleased with how it turned out and would definitely recommend this to other brides on a budget. We didn’t even get to taste any!
We didn’t get married until 3pm. We had a fantastic disco in the evening which went on until 1 am.
We hadn’t yet booked a honeymoon so if anyone wanted to get us a gift, we asked for Thomas cook vouchers.
We put our vouchers together with money we had saved and went on a Caribbean cruise weeks after the wedding. It was amazing, the best holiday ever and it was nice having a gap after the wedding for things to settle down before going away.
The whole day in itself was just fantastic. It would be impossible to pick one thing. We both loved every minute.
Not really. It all seemed a bit too easy. The only thing that happened was a taxi drove into the wedding car whilst it was taking me and my brother to the hotel. There was only slight damage and luckily it was just down one side so we just made sure any photos were taken on the un-damaged side. It did not stress me out at all, luckily I had decided to leave a bit earlier so I wasn’t late either which was good, although everyone said if I hadn’t left earlier it might not have happened!
I would not change a thing. The only advice I would have is to just go with the flow of things on the day and try and enjoy it. It really is the best day of your life and a great day to share with all your friends and family.