Paula and David’s Real Life Wedding


Paula and David

26/08/2005 – Christ Church, Crookham
Farnham Castle


    Paula and David's wedding photos  

How and when did you meet?

We used to work at the same place and got together about 5 1/2 years ago at a pub in Fleet.

How old are you both?

37 and 34.

Where, when and how did he (or you!) propose?

Between Christmas and New Year of 2004, we went to see The Lion King and he took me to Tiffany’s.

Did you have hen and stag celebrations?

I had three, a weekend in Brighton, and two in Fleet. Dave had one and went to Newcastle for the weekend.

Did your groom help you with the wedding planning?

He arranged the honeymoon and sorted out the disco, photographer and helped with the reception.

Did you use confetti to plan your wedding? If so, how did the website help you?

I used the website for ideas which was very helpful.

Did you buy any confetti products for your wedding? If so, did you visit a store, buy online or by mail order?

I visited the store and bought a table plan, favour contents and Confetti for the tables.

Tell us about your outfit, and where you bought it.

It was an Alfred Angelo dress in covered satin with lace, pearls & sequins, a strapless, princess-line gown with a semi cathedral train. I also had a crystal tiara and veil edged with Swarovski crystals.

Did you have bridesmaids? If so, who did you choose and what did they wear?

I had two bridesmaids, Linda and Carole, who wore Alfred Angelo strapless dresses in Victorian lilac with matching crystals on the bodices and matching tiaras. I also bought them a necklace and earrings with the colour of the crystals on the dresses.

Who did your groom choose for his best man and ushers, and what did they wear?

Best man Leigh, Ushers Ed and Rich and they all wore morning suits with the cravats the same colour and material to match the bridesmaids.

Did you have a civil or religious ceremony?


Where did you hold your ceremony?

Christ Church, Crookham.

Where did you hold your reception?

Farnham Castle.

Did you have any special wedding transport?

Classic 1950’s Blue Bentley.

How many guests did you invite to your wedding, and did you have a separate evening guest list?

There were 98 guests invited to the day plus a further 80 invited to the evening.

Did your reception have a particular theme in terms of colour or style?

Pink and lilac.

How did you incorporate this in to your table settings?

Favour boxes with lilac ribbons and pink roses, pink, lilac and silver confetti sprinkled on the tables. The flowers also incorporated these colours.

Did you give your guests favours?

Yes – favour boxes with chocolates in the middle.

Describe your flowers (bouquets and table decorations). Who was your florist?

Freesias, roses and calla lilies with lime green incorporated into a spray, all arranged by a Florist member of the family.

What did you choose to have on your menu? Did you have an outside caterer or did your venue handle the catering?

Melon and raspberry coulis, chicken in a white wine sauce with a selection of vegetables followed by a strawberry Pavlova for desert.

What did you choose for your wedding cake?

We had a square 3-tier cake with calla lilies and roses which was made by a friend of the family.

Did you have any entertainment during the day or evening?

Disco in the evening.

Did you have a gift list? If so, who did you have your list with?

Trailfinders and Debenhams.

Where did you spend your first night and honeymoon? Who did you book your honeymoon with?

First night at Farnham Castle, honeymoon in South Africa and Mauritius booked through Trailfinders.

What was your most memorable moment of the day?

Arriving at the church and the actual service.

Did you experience any ‘nightmare’ moments in the run up to your wedding or on the day?

Only some members of ebay ripping me off for orders of service and table plan.

Is there anything you would do differently, or any advice you would give to other brides?

Get married at 1pm, not 2 – the day goes so quickly and we didn’t get a lot of time to chat because of photos etc.

Find Wedding Ideas, Inspiration, Venues and Services

mail icon

Subscribe to our Network

Stay connected with our network and get all the best Wedding Planning, Inspiration and Competitions directly into your inbox.