I’ve been obsessed with weddings as far back as I can remember. I was 6 years old and I would put a tea towel on my head (my veil obvs), my Mum would play ‘Here comes the bride’ on my casio keyboard and my sister would be the Groom (she is younger than me so therefore always had to be the boy when we played games) and every Saturday night we would get married. Some people dream of getting married (me!), some people don’t want a big fuss and some people can’t even entertain the idea of nuptials. When Danny found out I had been pinning dresses and ideas for years before we got engaged I must admit he looked kinda scared; but he knew what he was letting himself in for.
I’m going to talk about the little details because, although I can’t recall noticing anything but Danny’s face on our wedding day, that is what everyone else commented on. That’s what everyone said made the day feel special, personal, that extra little touch, the extra little sparkle. At the end of the day it’s what made me feel proud. I look back on the pictures and think ‘Wow, I really did all that!’
I’m not saying all these ideas are my own, because they’re not! They are ideas from Pinterest, magazines, blogs, real life weddings and I have just adapted it to my taste and style. First of all; from the moment I saw the ‘Love ladder’ I knew I had to have one at my wedding. It serves no purpose to anything but it’s just so cute! I purchased an old battered step ladder from eBay and gave it a face lift with a lick of white paint.
Then I bought MDF letters also from eBay, LOTS of glitter and PVA glue. This is a VERY easy but VERY messy task so be warned!
I bought some rose twine from The Range and wrapped this around either side of the ladder and purchased little milk bottles for the florist to fill with flowers and the result was this . .
I also made my table numbers in the same way I made the glitter love letters and I bought a floral suitcase and bunting to use a ‘postbox’ for any wedding cards people brought to our wedding. (Both of which I’m now selling on eBay under the name wendyfc0 if you want to have a look!)
I was lucky enough to have a family friend as a florist and she did our amazing flowers at cost price so therefore I was able to collect my own vases for the centerpieces. I must have visited about 50 charity shops but it was so worth it as I adored the ‘mis-match’ shabby chic look it gave.
Our table plan was from eBay *I will be also selling this soon so keep your eyes peeled on instagram) and it just by sheer chance I came across it as I wasn’t specifically looking for one at the time, it was perfect and almost like it had been made for our wedding! Our polaroid frame was from The Range (£7 I think!!) and I just took the glass out and hung twine from either side and added pegs. I hung the pictures in chronological order so it showed as 7 years of memories.
As we only had 3 children at our wedding I decided to make activity boxes to keep them entertained during the wedding breakfast. I got these gorgeous boxes from eBay from bizzyhearts-wedding-boutique and filled them with all different things. Abbie (my flower girl who is 2) got a plush Minnie Mouse toy, Pegga Pig colouring in and stickers, Frozen bubbles, Frozen activity cards and a chocolate lollipop with her name on from chocodelights2012. For a younger child who has only just turned 1 I added finger puppets instead of colouring activities which he loved 🙂
One thing I know a lot of people now do is buy hangers for their bridesmaids. It looks amazing in the photos and is a lovely keepsake for them to keep. I loved ours as they matched the dresses perfectly! I chose to get their names rather than ‘Bridesmaid’ on the wire but you can get whatever you like to personalise them including the date. I bought mine from a seller on eBay called wedding-belle-boutique who made me 8 hangers for £75 including postage which I think is a bargain!
Last but not least I just want to show you some gifts I bought for my maid of honour and flower girl as there is some really amazing inexpensive thoughtful gifts you can buy such as the prosecco/wine/champagne labels from eBay (bloody love eBay don’t I!). I got this one from the seller forefrontdesign it was so easy to just pop onto a bottle of prosecco and I think it looks so cute and is something she can keep forever after drinking the prosecco. The Instax camera was from Currys and the biscuits were made by an amazing lady on facebook called Piped With Love. The personalised notebook and chocolate for my flower girl were both from The Bridal Gift Box.
Most of the DIY stuff I did was really inexpensive and a lovely way to add a personal touch to the day without increasing the cost of your wedding. It does take a lot of time and effort but it’s so worth it in the end! I hope it gives some of you bride to be’s ideas or inspiration and if you’re anything like me I just love looking at what other people did at their wedding! Please leave me comments and let me know what you did at your wedding or what you’re hoping to do and also if there is anything you particularly want to see wedding related or not just let me know 🙂
If you’re not too bored of wedding stuff yet I will try and get some of our professional pictures up soon!