I thought I would gather all the comments, messgaes and emails I’ve have had with people asking wedding related questions and pop them all in one place, hope you enjoy!
Q: How did you & Danny meet?
A: Danny and I met when we were 17 in second year of college. He sat next to me in English class and I actually couldn’t believe I’d never seen him before. It wasn’t long before our English teahcer started shouting Romeo & Juliet everytime we walked into class (so cringe)
A: AHHHHHHHHHHHH. BRIDES.MAID.DRESSES. They were the bane of my life! I literally searched for months and months because I just had this vision in my head and I couldn’t get rid of it. Every dress we found I would always find something wrong with it until we came across these from Key Fashion. I risked it and bought them online (I bought 8 so I had one as a back up) and they were actually better than I had ever imagined!
Q: Did you stick to your budget? If you had one?
A: In all honesty. No. I don’t think you can even begin to comprehend how expensive weddings are when you start to plan! By no means did we spend stupid amounts of money or go way over budget but there were things I did not forecast into my original budget (probably due to excitement) and things that cropped up where we just had to fork out more money. We were incredibly lucky to have our parents help us out with the wedding as we are saving for a deposit for a house so that really did help us.
I felt that I managed to create our perfect day without spending ridiculous amounts of money by doing smalls things here and there! I know it’s easier said than done but try to rope in as many people as you can who will help you out! Danny’s Mum made our cake and it was incredible, our florist was a family friend and charged us cost price for all our flowers, we purchased all the vases for the centre pieces ourselves from chairty shops, our wedding favours were from Home Bargain (cookie heart pops) and cost 79p each(!!), my Pronovias dress was a sample dress so wasn’t made to measure (this usually means the dress is less than 50% of the RRP a great way to get a bargain without buying second hand), I asked the lady who desinged our invites to make smaller evening invites which cost a third of the day invites, my veil was my something ‘borrowed’ from one of my lovely friends, my headpiece was handmade from eBay and literally cost less than half the price of one from a bridal shop . . The list goes on! All these little things meant we were saving money but I didn’t have to compromise on my ‘vision’ for the day! What I would say is the most important thing to do is shop around and never buy the first thing you see!
Q: Favoruite place to buy ‘wedding stuff’
A: This is so easy! eBay!! If you read my post about DIY wedding bits you will see near enough everything I bought was from eBay. My piece of advice is if you see something you love in a shop, at a wedding fair, on a blog SEARCH FOR IT ON EBAY. I bought our thank you tags for our wedding favours from eBay from Korea and they literally cost £11 for 100! I also got our place cards, table numbers, step ladder and loads more from eBay.
Q: What did you eat the day before your wedding and the morning of?
A: The night before the wedding we stayed in, just me, My Mum, My Dad and my Sister (maid of honour). We drank prosecco and ate Nandos takeaway . . classy fam. In my head I thought I would be eating salad and drinking water so I wasn’t bloated for the wedding day but that is just so ridiculous! Everyone was so excited and no one could be bothered cooking! The morning of the wedding we had the ‘bridal sitting room’ in the venue to get ready in and we were offered breakfast. I chose pancakes but I was so so so excited I couldn’t eat a thing so only managed one! Such a shame as they were gorgeous! In fact me and Danny didn’t eat a thing all day, we were both running on so much adrenalin we just weren’t hungry!
Q: Is there anything you would have changed or done differently about the day?
A: Not one single thing.
Q: What gifts did you give everyone?
A: I bought Danny a Hugo Boss watch for his wedding gift. I bought my Mum & Dad a night away at a boutique hotel with afternoon tea and 3 course dinner in the Lakes where you can take your dog with you (my mum LOVED that!). I bought my bridesmaids personalised hangers and personalised bracelets. I bought my maid of honour an instax Polaroid camera, personalised biscuits from Piped With Love and a personalised bottle of champagne. I bought my flower girl personalised Me To You notebook and personalised chocolate bar. Quite clearly LOVE personalisation don’t I!
Q: What were you thinking when you walked down the aisle?
A: Sheer excitement! I was grinning from ear to ear, my Nana said she had never seen anyone with such a huge smile on their face walking down the aisle. I was nervous for about 2.4 seconds and then it was just the most exciting feeling ever! You forgot that anybody else is even in the room!
Q: Why did you decide to get married whilst you still lived at home?
A: Me & Danny have lived with my Mum and Dad for 4 years, in the beginning it was purely for financial reasons but as time went on it just seemed like the perfect situation for us to be in. We both get on with my Mum and Dad like they’re our best friends, we always go out as a 4 and have such a laugh living together. Danny very quickly became the son they never had and my Dad was overjoyed for some male company in our female dominated home ha! We cannot wait to move out and get our own home but we wanted to do it properly, we didn’t want to rent and waste all our hard earned money so we started saving mid 2014. Married or not living with my Mum and Dad makes no difference to us because we are so genuinely happy here . . so much so it’s going to be really hard to leave even though we will be starting a new adventure together! We know how truly lucky we are that they have sacrificed so much for us to give us the best opportunity and start to our married life together.
Q: What do you vividly remember of the day?
A: Not a lot to be honest! I remember walking down the sweeping stairs with my Dad and walking down the aisle but everything else seems like a total blur! I cannot wait to get our video back and can’t even imagine how many emotions it’s going to bring back! I cry every time I watch our photo slideshow so can’t even think what I’ll be like with our video! The videographer says it can take at least 12 weeks for her to edit and get it back to us but she’s nearly 9 months pregnant so it will be a little longer for us. That’s one thing I would say is if you can (I know it’s not feasible for everyone) then get a videographer! Every bride I have spoken to who didn’t have one said it was their only regret! We weren’t going to have one either because they are not cheap but 6 months after everything was already booked we decided to just go for it!
Q: Did you have a checklist/how did you plan everything?
A: I didn’t use a checklist I just literally went with the flow! I am a perfectionist and bit of a control freak but I am not organised or OCD in the slightest so I just did the planning as and when! I started planning quite early on (we got engaged in November 13 and I started planning February 14) we booked the venue first and then went from there. I made sure the important things were all booked and deposits paid for at least 12 months in advance! The venue, photographer, registrar, flowers, band, make up artist etc. I ordered our save the dates and sent them out 12 months before, and I started looking at wedding dresses 12 months before (however upon reflection I think this was too early, if I was to do it again I would go 4/5 months before the wedding), we were able to finalise our cake up to the week before as it was Danny’s Mum making it, I made sure all the alterations on the girls dresses were done and finalised a month before the wedding and I sent our invites out 12 weeks before as we gave our guests menu options. My advice would be do a little but do it often. I planned and organised nearly every night but only an hour or two at a time. This way as the run up to the wedding got closer and closer I wasn’t stressed and I felt like I only had to dot the i’s and cross the t’s so to speak.
Q: What personal touches did you add to your wedding day?
A: This was one of my favourite parts! As a Pinterest addict it’s easy to get carried away! Just some of my favourite things include a handmade sign outside the venue with our names on, a Polaroid frame with pictures from the 7 years of our relationship, a charm of my and my Grandad attached to my bouquet and a basket of flip flops for the evening with a personalised sign.
Q: Did you have a make up artist? Would you recommend getting one?
A: I will be totally honest here . . at first I thought they were all a total rip off! When I looked at the cost for make up artists for a wedding I couldn’t believe the prices, some of them were charging £300 just for the bride!! So I decided to just do it myself as I love make up anyway. But then, classic Emma, I changed my mind! I booked a make up artist and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I did!! I had Frankie Noone from ‘Make Up by Frankie’ and she was amazing!!! She made me feel a million dollars! Not only that, but because I had someone doing my hair and my make up I had a total stress free morning, we all know what it’s like trying to get false lashes on, just imagine doing that on the morning of your wedding! She was such a lovely girl it made the whole experience even better and was worth every single penny!
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