Tuesday, 28 August 2012
I have three that I learnt along the way.
No.1 Enjoy every minute- I was so surprised by how quickly it was over. Take time to hang out with your new husband as this is your special day and you should enjoy it together. You spend months preparing for it and then it’s all over in a whirlwind. Make sure you grab every memory of it and make it as special as possible for the two of you. I would say rather than splitting up to say hi to all of your guests, do it together so you can help each other out if you end up cornered with a great uncle that you have only met twice so you can both focus on the important people to you both.
No.2 Don’t sweat the small stuff- My mum kept saying this to me and it is so true. On my wedding day I didn’t notice that the back of the chairs weren’t navy like planned but a horrid red velvet that we hadn’t actually ordered. It seemed like such a big thing when the chairs arrived 2 days before but nobody else knew and it didn’t cross my mind once on the big day nor did the fact that I had to arrive in a white van as the vintage car that I had ordered had been double booked or the fact that my hairdresser made me look like a poodle until it was all brushed out. Weirdly none of that mattered and I would have walked down that aisle in a plastic bin liner if necessary. As long as everybody you love in the world (especially the groom)is in that room that’s all that matters.
No.3 Personalise it. This is obviously what I do but I have to say that those little extra details make such a difference and make the wedding day your own. If you have a hobby, a cherished memory etc… make good use of it. I’m a jewellery designer and I used vintage jewellery all over my wedding cake. It was stunning and unique. I love bunting so we made every inch of it ourselves and had a BBQ a few weeks before where all my friends and family came and made a bit we had miles of it by the end. We now have it up in our kids bedroom and they love it as much as we do.
We didn’t have a large budget but we made it a fun and unique event we arrived at the reception on the back of an old plough pulled by shire horses (the local farmer did for a 100 quid and we covered it in wild flowers) welly wangling (my mum went around the charity shops and asked for old willies she even bought odd ones) a bouncy castle (that we did our first dance on), hay bails to sit on and all our friends pitched up tents for the night with a big camp fire.. It was a proper village fete wedding and completely personal to us. Not to everybody’s taste but in my world it was perfect.