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A colourful, traditional, floral country village fete wedding in Kent

Marrianne and David’s wedding has everything – as you’ll see from the extensive list of DIY and personal touches Marrianne sent in with her wedding report! Being a graphic designer by trade, Marrianne wanted to tackle the design and decor for their wedding herself, and did an amazing job! Today’s wedding in Kent is a feast of colour, a treat for paper lovers and is going to make my little wedding blog look absolutely amazing for the day!

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With thanks to lovely Steve Fuller for submitting the images for the blog today, and of course huge thanks to Marrianne and David for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us all today. Congratulations! Claire xxx

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Marrianne and David – a beautiful village fete wedding in Kent

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Wedding venue:

St Mary’s Church, Leigh, Kent. Reception at Leigh Village Hall, Kent.

Wedding photographer:

Steve Fuller. www.stevefullerphoto.com. We met Steve to see how he worked with brides and grooms as neither of us particularly like posing for shots or wanted to feel the exhaustion and face ache people get from doing 3 hours of wedding shots. We loved the documentary style he produces and how naturally happy everyone looks. Because we had such a hands on homemade wedding, the documentary style helped to literally tell a story of what happened on the day hour by hour and captured the things that you miss, rather than just having poses of your guests.

How would you describe your wedding style?

Colourful, traditional, floral country village fete.

A little about the wedding ceremony:

It was held by Rev. Lionel Kevis. He is a wonderful, fun-loving vicar who makes you feel at ease from the moment you meet him. We had quite a traditional service with 3 hymns and 2 readings. The church was flooded with homemade colourful pom poms, half opened to give the appearance of being floral. It was a real change to the use of traditional church floral decorations, and both the vicar and the verger were a little concerned about my plans, until they saw it! The ceremony and reception venues are held dear to me as I went to play school in the village hall, and then attended the primary school, where many Christmas and Easter story services were held in the beautiful little church. It brought lots of memories back to me when visiting it for the first time in so many years.

Which readings did you choose?

John 2: Verses 1-11, The Wedding at Cana.
1 Corinthians 13: Verses 1-13, The Gift of Love.

Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:

Our venue was the Village Hall which was just 2 minutes walk down the road from the Church. This was ideal as guests didn’t need to travel anywhere and when we were planning and setting up, it was nice and easy to just go between both the Church and the Hall. I was determined to hand make and personalise as much of our wedding as possible, not only to make it beautiful and traditional, but to also save on cost.

I work for Search Press, an art and craft book publisher so I have hundreds of step-by-step crafts to hand. Being a graphic designer also gave me a creative advantage too. I wanted to create a country village fete feel to the day, since we were holding the day in a quaint, English, unspoilt little village. I also love colour and to try and choose one colour as the theme wasn’t going to happen, so I stuck with all summery, bright colours.

I had a lot of help from friends and family to achieve the look I was after. My mum and dad made me 300 metres of bunting, as well as a few other fabric based items. My mother in law helped me to make 109 sweet-pea scented, blue candles in empty GU jars, and many friends helped me to cut things out and tie things up. I made 678 individual crepe paper flowers, using Martha Stewart’s templates and directions, as well as another 400 tissue paper pom poms for the church. Below is a comprehensive list of what was achieved…

*75 Save the dates
*75 Invites and RSVPs cut, hole punched and slotted together
*120 Orders of Service booklets
*678 Crepe paper flowers for table centres, buttonholes and bouquets
*4 hand tied bouquets
*9 buttonholes
*1 silk Ring Pillow (made by mum)
*approx 400 Tissue paper pom poms half opened for church decorations
*109 Candles in GU jars (helped by Alison, mother in law) with pinking sheared lids (helped by friend Sarah) and individual raffia bows tied around top with homemade thank you label
*96 Place names hand tied around cutlery with raffia bow
*approx 40 jars wrapped in yarn
*18 Tin tea lights, painted with hammered pattern in them, (made by Dad)
*48 Confetti cones, plus box they were held in was adapted to hold them.
*300 Metres of bunting cut out and sewn together by my mum and dad
*2 A1 Table plans
*1 large blackboard, made from MDF and painted, then designed and drawn on
*1 3-tier cake with 2 Jack Daniels cake toppers
*1 Paper mache MR & MRS
*LOTS of Wedding day signage, for cake stall, sweet stall, Sweet jars, toilets etc
*6 Long trestle table cloths, made from sheeting, cut out with pinking shear edge by mum and dad
*6 Long gingham table runners, also cut out by mum and dad
*4 fabric hair flowers for bridesmaids (made by mum)
*1 Large fabric hair flower for bride (made by mum)
*1 Veil (made by mum)

Invitations and reception stationery:

I hand made all of the stationery. Being a graphic designer, I wasn’t going to pay the earth for someone else to do the job I could do. This also helped me to set the style of our day straight away with the Save the Date cards. I made a little booklet for the invite with directions, public transport, hotels to say in and taxi services as well as a little parking map. There was a lot of talk about how (over) organised I was about everything, but I figure, if you think about everything, there will be no nasty surprises to crop up. I also made the place name tags which were like luggage tags, tied with a raffia bow around the cutlery. Thank you favour tags, A1 table plans, as well as lots of other signage for the cakes stall and sweetie stall etc.

Wedding music and entertainment:

We went for quite traditional music in the church, with hymns that everyone knew. For the reception we had the band More T Vicar, Neil and Gary Frost playing/ singing while we ate and then that was intermingled with disco music, later on. We did ask for a section of 50-60s rock n roll as we had a slight 1950’s village slant on the day with big bridesmaid swing dresses and a big 1960s American Chevy Bel Air as our car. It was also 44 years to the day that my parents got married, so we wanted a little bit of music from their era too. The band were fantastic and couldn’t recommend them enough, many guests commented on how fab they were.

What did you wear?

I wore an Ian Stuart gown called Oasis. It was quite simple for an Ian Stuart design with quite a big skirt with large fabric flowers on the bottom. It actually turned out to be a modern take on my mum’s wedding dress 44 years previously. Not a deliberate choice, but just happened. My mum actually made her own dress all those years ago so to find something so similar was amazing and I just fell in love with it straight away. My shoes were Poetic Licence Spitfires, cream shoes, with a wedge heel and a flower on the front (of course!). My mum made me a bubble veil, and a large organza hair flower. My earrings were floral, and made by one of my bridesmaids’ dads and my necklace came from John Lewis. My garter was £1.39 from ebay! Bargain! and my handbag came from BHS.

Dave wore a mid grey tailored suit, made for him by Cad & the Dandy in Savile Row. He needed something he felt as good and special in as I did in my dress, so we decided to splash out a little on this occasion and get him something that fit like a glove. He looked amazing in it, and can wear it again and again, unlike me! His waistcoat and tie was hired from Moss Bros.

Memorable wedding day moments:

Dave – Seeing my wife-to-be in her wedding dress walking down the aisle towards me.

Marrianne – The day went so fast and I loved every moment, but I think walking down the colourful aisle seeing Dave waiting for me, made me beam from ear to ear, that was where our special day and the rest of our lives started.

Wedding day advice:

Try and plan your wedding day celebrations near to where you live. It will make life less stressful on the day as it will mean you can sort little problems out in advance.
Also be really organised, the wedding party laughed at my long lists of wedding duties and timetables, but our day went without one single glitch, it was absolutely perfect.
Try not to stress about the little details either, nobody is going to notice them and remember it is all for just one day. If the flowers aren’t fluffed or the napkins aren’t folded, it really won’t matter!

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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