I do love a wedding with a budget especially when it involves a village hall. This wedding had a budget of £5000 and the whole day was ruddy well brilliant.
Emily and Nick were married on the 2nd August 2014, with a church ceremony followed by a quaint village hall reception. With pretty pastels their wedding had a lovely old fashioned feel; bridesmaids in vintage inspired dresses, DIY florals and a home baked cake.
How sweet does bride Emily look in her tea length dress with short veil and wavy hair? Beautiful.
Thanks so much to the wonderful Victoria Lamburn for sharing her images today.
THE PROPOSAL | In Paris on Emily’s birthday, February 2013.
THE VISION | Our vision for the day was a traditional ceremony in the family church, followed by a vintage “summer fete” style reception with afternoon tea and Pimms. In the evening when more guests arrived, we wanted a hog roast, lots of beer and a good knees-up with all our family and friends!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Fairly relaxed. Got bits done as and when!
BUDGET | £5000 – although that’s not including the honeymoon.
THE VENUE | Ceremony – St Mary’s Church, Thakeham. Reception – Clapham and Patching Village Hall.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My outfit was all from Lucy Bennett in Worthing – a Tea-length Lou Lou Bridal dress with a sweetheart neckline, a mid-length veil and Shoes from Rainbow.
My “something old, borrowed and blue” was a garter from my mother… “new” was the rest of my outfit! I also wore some pretty pearl earrings I’d been given one Christmas, so I suppose they were “something old” as well.
FINDING THE DRESS | I’m the first out of my friends to get married, so I didn’t realise how intimidating wedding dress shopping could be! You have to strip down to your underwear, get strapped into all sorts of uncomfortable styles and, if you’re short like me, spend most of the time looking like you’ve raided the dressing up box! After looking around a bit, I found the perfect dress in Lucy Bennett – the lace at the top made it more demure and elegant than some of the strapless ones I’d tried, and the tea-length made it the perfect dress for walking through the grass and twirling around the dance floor.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | A light grey suit with tails and a cornflower blue tie. We hired these rather than buying them, as it’s unlikely to be the sort of thing Nick would wear out and about!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Emily’s mum read a poem called “A Marriage” by Michael Blumenthal, and her father read Corinthians – it’s a classic!
Emily walked down the Aisle to Elgar’s “Salut d’Amour”, and we sang traditional hymns including Make me a Channel of your Peace and Thine be the Glory – very uplifting!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Emily’s sister and Nick’s sister. Halter-neck 50s circle dresses with pretty floral print from Vivien of Holloway, and pearl necklaces (a gift on the day) from Hinds in Worthing.
THE FLOWERS | A little bit cheap and last minute… We have this hedge in our front garden, so used flowers for that for table decorations (I think they’re some sort of hibiscus, but I’m still not sure). For the bouquet, white roses from Marks and Spencer’s, and colourful Astors from Co-op. My bridesmaids put the bouquet together for me on the morning of the wedding, tying them with a little white ribbon. Just goes to prove you don’t have to spend a fortune on the perfect bouquet!
THE CAKE | Made by the brides mother… with little sugar-paste roses made by the bride! Mum does a delicious, rich fruit cake and I think home made wedding cakes add something special to the day.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The irrepressible Victoria Lamburn! She captured the day perfectly, and was part of the family for the day. She put us at ease, and we barely noticed she was there during the service! We would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer – in fact, we’re so pleased with the pictures everyone’s getting them for Christmas pressies this year!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Pastel colours with a vintage theme. White drapes for that misty, romantic wedding look, and bunting for that vintage feel. Table numbers papier mached from bits and pieces from hobbycraft, and placed in “tonic” bottles from the pub (we had fun collecting those throughout the year).
THE HONEYMOON | A beautiful island off the coast of Dubrovnik, called Kolocep. We visited the beautiful old town, several vineyards *hic* and ate lots of delicious Croatian food.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The speeches. The best man was utterly hilarious, and everyone was moved to tears by the father-of-the-bride and the groom’s speeches.
For the bride… Turning up at the car park at Thakeham village hall, to find that dad had decorated his ex-army series 3 Landrover with little white flowers and bunting… priceless. I had to climb in and out on a step-ladder! He’d also hidden a little hamper with champagne and glasses in their, which made the first journey of our married lives so special!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Always have a free bar; your guests shouldn’t have to bring their wallets, especially when they’ve forked out for wedding gifts! A low budget wedding doesn’t have to be “cheap”.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember… the wedding is just one day – the marriage is forever.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Decorated the hall with bunting and fairylights | Draped
Caterers | they did the afternoon tea AND the hog roast, even catering for my gluten intolerant friend – West Sussex Hogroast
The band | Soul Sisters, were just incredible.
Photography | Victoria Lamburn Photography – what a legend
Bridal wear | Lucy Bennett Bridalwear
Vintage dresses | Vivien of Holloway
Emily and Nick thank you both so very much for sharing your wedding story with us XOXO Lou