A Simple Party Wedding

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Back in August i featured Angela and Nick’s brilliant engagement and today i am excited to share with you their lovely wedding.

Angela and Nick decided to have a laid back party at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, Glasgow. Their focus was their guests having fun, with great food, drink and music rather than details.

Angela found her sweet 1950s style dress on Etsy which she accessorised with colour pop red shoes, while Nick chose a three piece grey suit with red tie and they looked gorgeous.

I love the gluten free cake, the amazing sounding honeymoon and the pretty blooms.

Thanks so much to the wonderful Mack Photography for sharing her images with us today.


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The Proposal…. Angela proposed to Nick on 29/02/12 in George Square in Glasgow.  It was supposed to be romantic but ended up being a rushed question, which was initially met with misunderstanding and incredulity.  After a small but necessary amount of physical violence it finally ended in a ‘yes’ in front of the Wetherspoons and Greggs.

The Vision for the day…. The main vision or ‘theme’ of the wedding was for it to be a big party for us, our friends and our family.  We were keen to keep formalities to a minimum and also not to be sucked into the whole wedding industry of added on ‘essentials’ for the big day.   We hired a caterer with a real interest in food, who is not primarily a wedding caterer, and we hired DJs from an indie club night that we used to go to.  We wanted the day to be informal, with good food, drink, and music and for everyone to have fun. 

The Planning process…. As accountants, the first thing we did was set up an Excel spreadsheet to organise the wedding!  We started pretty much after the engagement; we didn’t see the point in a long engagement and wanted a winter wedding to fit in with our honeymoon plans.  We booked the venue the week after we got engaged and everything else seemed to fall into place.  We had the caterer booked by Easter and the photographer and DJ around about the same time.  After that it was just a matter of trimming down our friends and extraneous relatives to a manageable number.

Budget…. We didn’t have a budget per se, but were keen to keep costs to a minimum and to prioritise our money.  We only spent on things we thought were essential to a wedding; i.e. we didn’t have chair covers, favours, we had one bridesmaid, no ushers… The savings from this meant we could spend the money on a free bar and provide our friends and family with good food and drink.

The Venue… Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, Glasgow

The Dress + Accessories….. I (Angela) got the dress from a shop on Etsy.com.  Accessories were a mixture of my gran’s costume jewellery (my sister wore one of her old pearl necklaces, and I wore one of her old necklaces wrapped around my wrist as a bracelet) and I bought my sister pearl earrings to match.  I borrowed a sparkly faux diamante necklace and earrings from an aunt and Nick kindly bought me a new watch for the day, with the date inscribed in the back, as my old Casio wouldn’t have gone with my dress…  I wanted red shoes as I thought there was no point in getting white shoes that I’d never wear again, and I wanted a splash of colour.  I saw great red, peep-toe shoes in Marks and Spencer in the summer for £15, which were ideal!

Finding the dress…. The day after I proposed to Nick, I had a look online for dresses and I remembered seeing cool stuff on Etsy.com.  I had a look that night and saw the dress for me!  It was from a shop that sells 50s style dresses and makes to measure.  Afterwards, I had a look around shops in town but nothing compared to the one I had seen online and I knew I had to get it.  I didn’t go to bridal shops as part of my search – I don’t really like shopping and think it is wrong to spend ridiculous amounts of money on a dress you only wear for one day – so I had a look in Monsoon and off-the-peg wedding dresses in high st stores but that was just to confirm that I was right about the one I’d seen online.  I got in touch with the shop and sent off my measurements and the dress arrived a couple of months before the wedding.  It was a bit nerve-wracking trying it on but as soon as I put it on, I loved it.

Groom’s attire… I (Nick) knew I didn’t want the full top hat and tails, as a) it wouldn’t really fit with the informal day; and b) I would look like a complete wally.  I looked at hire places for my best man and me but realised you can get a nice suit for about the same price, and you can keep it afterwards and not worry about what the previous customer was getting up to in it.  So we went to Slaters in Glasgow and picked up a nice grey / silver 3 piece and red ties for four of us (me, best man, fathers of the bride and groom) to match Angela’s shoes.  I was slightly concerned we’d look a bit like used car salesmen from the 80s, but the suit wasn’t too shiny and I think we pulled it off.  Also the 80s used car salesman look is back in anyway.

The Readings + Music….  We had a civil ceremony and decided not to have any readings as there wasn’t a particular poem or reading special to us and we felt that adding in readings would just be to pad out the day, so we decided against it.  An ex-flatmate of Angela’s sister’s boyfriend (Gillian Fleetwood) played the harp before, during and after the ceremony.  She played a mixture of old folk and Scottish songs and it provided a lovely background setting.  We were very privileged to have her play as she’s very busy with her band The State Broadcasters. 

Despite the lack of readings or anything, the ceremony was very nice and touching – the registrar made it feel very personal and put two pretty nervous participants at their ease.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. Angela’s sister was the only bridesmaid.  Her dress was from BHS (on sale, which was great!) and her sparkly shoes were from Evans.  The total outfit was less than £100, which was brilliant.  We got our makeup from Bare Minerals and had a free consultation with them about a month before the wedding.  My sister’s friend did her hair in the morning and my aunt made both my sister and me a shawl to keep us warm, with it being a winter wedding.  The bouquet was made by my mum and was beautiful mix of white roses and red berries.

The Flowers… Angela’s mum did the flower arrangements.  She had mentioned years ago that she would love to do this should Angela or her sister get married.  However, when she was reminded of this when we got engaged, she panicked!  We got her a place on an afternoon floral arranging course and she really got into it and did an excellent job with the beautiful flowers.   We weren’t too fussed about the colour / type of the flowers, however, Angela wanted to have seasonal flowers, where possible.  This worked well as we could use red berries, which went with Angela’s shoes and the burgundy of the bridesmaid’s dress.

The Cake… Again, we didn’t think it was a priority to spend much money on a wedding cake as not everyone likes them.  So we got one fruit cake and one sponge cake from Marks and Spencer and had the messages ‘This is a sponge cake’ and ‘This is a fruit cake’ on them so people could distinguish between them!  Nick is coeliac and one of our guests was dairy-free so Angela made a gluten-free, dairy free cake the day before the wedding for them to enjoy and she also made an egg-free cake for Nick’s niece who has an egg allergy, so there was a range of cakes on offer!

Your Photographer…. Angela had seen some of her sister’s friends’ wedding photos on facebook and had really liked the informal, candid style of the photos so she asked them for the details and got in touch.  We had a pre-wedding shoot with Lindsey and she was great fun to work with and the photos were amazing, so we knew we had made the right choice.  Lindsey almost felt like a guest at the wedding, she is very relaxed and calm, and seemed to know exactly what kind of pictures we wanted.  She had loads of creative suggestions to make and was really good at using the environment and surroundings inventively, without any dithering so we could get back to the party!

Lindsey came back after dinner to do a photo booth for an hour or so in the evening, during which she showed supreme patience as friends and relatives gurned in silly hats.  The photos came back quickly too, so we were able to use a group shot on our thank you cards.  We were so pleased we chose Lindsey and would recommend her to anybody.

The Details + Decor….  The main hall was decorated with flowers arranged by Angela’s mum and we went into a smaller room after the ceremony for some drinks and mingling.  We had decorated this with photos of us from the early years, which provided talking points for our guests and also embarrassed us quite a bit.

The Honeymoon…. We decided on a winter wedding because we both wanted to recreate the TV programme, ‘The Trip’, for our honeymoon.  This was a series set in the North-West of England starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they stayed in Michelin-starred inns and went for walks in the hills and drank wine by the cosy fireside.  We did this for 5 nights, eating in great restaurants in the Lake District, Yorkshire and Lancashire and then flew from Manchester to Lanzarote, where we then got a ferry to a smaller island, La Graciosa.   We stayed in La Graciosa for 5 nights, which was nice to get some winter sun and was a contrast to the first week of the honeymoon.

Memorable moments…  We had a great day and have many memorable moments (and some hazy memories too).  The meal was amazing, the speeches were funny, and everyone danced all night.  The nicest thing is that lots of people thanked us for a great day and they all seemed to enjoy it as much as we did.

Advice for other couples… Have fun and don’t fret about the detail!  Remember what the point of the day is.  No one cares about matching colours or chair covers, they just want to see you enjoying yourself and to have a good day.

Credit where credit is due…






Saxby & Revell Catering –  07981 815 670


Now that is my kind of wedding, proof you needn’t worry about the details to have a perfect wedding. Thanks to Angela and Nick for sharing their day with us this morning XOXO Lou

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