Welcome to the start of my new feature all about re-living our weddings and reading the stories of others.
I thought I would kick things off with a trip down memory lane for myself. My story will be slightly different to those which follow, as it is slightly weird to interview myself! So here goes.
Let’s Set The Scene
I used to work with Mr Hubby’s (or as he was then just ‘Mr’) sister ‘Up North’. She was leaving the company and invited him to her leaving do in Chester (he travelled up especially). We met there and started seeing each other straight away, alternating ‘North’/’South’ weekends, until I moved in with him 3 months later. That was almost 15 years ago! We got engaged 6 years later and married less than a year after that.
The Vital Statistics
We got married on 1st September 2006. The over riding influence of our wedding was our lack of wedding funds, so everything had to be budget. We got married in a lovely market town registry office with stained glass windows, right beside a church (handy for the photo’s!). We had only 14 guests at the ceremony and the wedding breakfast, just our really close friends and family. One of my best friends was my bridesmaid and my sister-in-law was my Maid of Honour. The girls were lovely and bought their own dresses, I didn’t want to dictate what they wore, so as long as they didn’t class, I didn’t mind. Our wedding breakfast was in a lovely restaurant close to the registry office, called ‘Coles’. We had the mezzanine floor, which had it’s own decked outside space, which was great for pre-dinner drinks. It was very informal with no speeches, as we didn’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable. Our food was amazing!
The evening ‘do’ was a relaxed affair at a local pub. They had a terrace with twinkly lights overhead, which played host to our BBQ and disco for about 60 friends and family. Our first dance was slightly odd, as Mr Hubby doesn’t dance and so I had my first dance with my old boss to Wild Cherry Play that funky music. A little unorthodox!
I really enjoyed sourcing low-cost items for our wedding and making it beautiful on a budget. My shoes were unused from Ebay for £10. Our orchid bouquets and button holes (3 of each) were £40. I pimped up some Tesco’s plain white cakes and borrowed a stand. Made the place settings myself and the biggest bargain of all my dress!
I thought I wanted an ethereal dress. I imagined flowing sleeves and silky fabric. My sister-in-law (J) and I went ‘just to look’ at dresses. After trying a couple on, I saw a dress that was the antithesis of what I thought I wanted, but I loved it. J cried when I put it on, so I had to have it! The only issue was although it was reduced to £200, it was two sizes too big, so a lovely seamstress remade the dress for £95. I got the veil and tiara for about £40 in a sale.
It didn’t all go to plan and there were a few mishaps. We had chosen music that we loved, to be played at various points. Just as I was about to go down the aisle, they told me my CD wouldn’t work and so I had to walk into a classical piece I didn’t want! We had chosen for me to walk into Katie Melua ‘Call off the search’, sign register to Jack Johnson ‘Better Together’ and walk out to Madness ‘It must me love’. Our photographer was awful, we didn’t buy a single picture, but luckily we had some budding photographers in our wedding party who saved the day. Also two weeks before the wedding our chosen venue for the evening ‘do’ informed me casually that the didn’t have an entertainment license and so we couldn’t have our DJ! Cue lots of stress and me running around trying to secure another venue and then telling all the guests (luckily we didn’t have a huge wedding).
We bought each other presents, which we opened on the morning of the wedding. Mine to Mr Hubby was a silver watch, engraved with ‘See you at 12’. I received a heart necklace.
If we could have our time again, I would love it if our music would work. I think I would make some different choices now, but your taste evolves as you get older. I would love it if we had had a large picture with a surround that people can write on, as I think that is lovely.
I would advise people to just enjoy it and try to take it all in, as it goes really quickly. Try to eat something and accept your face will hurt from all the smiling!
If you would like to share your wedding please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org