You just can’t beat a theatrical venue – and today’s is a showstopper! You’ll love it… Sarah and Nigel were married in Brighton and had their reception at Brighton Music Hall… with three fabulous tipis for dancing the night away!
Sarah is a genius – she wore a beautiful bridesmaid dress instead of a wedding dress: it’s elegant and graceful and beautifully different. She looks amazing. I would love to see more brides doing the same: there are some incredible evening dresses and bridesmaid dresses out there… and they’d make the loveliest bridal gowns!
Images are by Brighton wedding photographer Sue Kwiatkowska. Find her here:
I love everything about this wedding – first and foremost the creativity in planning and styling the day. Sarah says “Do what you can yourselves. Flowers, stationery, cakes. And if you do buy then don’t automatically go for the wedding option as these will be a lot more expensive. We just got normal cakes and dressed them up ourselves and my dress was a bridesmaid dress, so a fraction of the cost of a bridal gown.” Brilliant advice – and there’s more at the end of the blog feature today. Enjoy!
Our wedding story: Sarah + Nigel
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Very pleased. Really beautiful photos that reflected the day perfectly.
Ceremony: Brighton Town Hall. Reception: Brighton Music Hall. Dancing in their Tremendous tipi.
8th March 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
It was a beautiful, surprisingly sunny, Brighton wedding with all our favourite people, and lots of fun had by all.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
It was really exciting to see the whole day, as you end up missing out on what the guests are getting up to.
Your wedding style or theme:
Bright and bold with a touch of vintage.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
Do what you can yourselves. Flowers, stationery, cakes. And if you do buy then don’t automatically go for the wedding option as these will be a lot more expensive. We just got normal cakes and dressed them up ourselves and my dress was a bridesmaid dress, so a fraction of the cost of a bridal gown.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Save the dates were luggage label with a personalised stamp from Not on the High Street. We designed and printed our own on brown kraft paper. We used the Roll Up, Roll Up lights in Brighton Music Hall as inspiration.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I knew it was what I wanted when I found it online at 3am whilst breastfeeding. It looked right only after Alma’s alterations made a few adjustments.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Dress was a bridesmaid dress from BHLDN website in USA, with a georgette flower borrowed from my Nan. The fur jacket was from Department vintage store in Hove. Navy shoes from Boden.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
I wore a pearl necklace and quarz ring borrowed from my nan, an antique bracelet from my sister and white glass earrings from Second Seed (now closed) in Hove.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Jacket from Ted Baker, spotty shirt from Reiss, knitted tie from etsy and trousers from zara. Shoes were old favourites from Reiss.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Red dresses from French Connection, with a lace vest from M&S, with shawls from Etsy. They chose their own shoes.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair was done by Cheri at Harlem in Hove. We did our make-up ourselves. I visited lots of make-up counters in the run-up to the wedding and got tips and found some new products.
I did my own flowers. We bought pale pink ranunculas, purple anemones, wax flower and foliage all from the Flower Stand in Hove, and did bouqets, pin-holes and table flowers,
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Inside where we ate was a bit of a blank canvas so we decorated it ourselves with crepe streamers, paper balls and fairy lights. The table numbers were made at my hen do by my lovely friends, and then there were lots of flowers in glass bottles and jars which us and friends had collected in the months before the wedding.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
Table flowers were DIY. I decorated the jars with crepe paper streamers and washi tape.
I did the bouquets myself and these were tied by the bridesmaids on the day.
All the stationery was designed and printed by me and Nigel.
Flowers were DIY
I drew the table plan and the ‘welcome’ sign which stood on Nigel’s step-dad’s easel.
My now mother-in-law made the cupcakes,
Nigel’s amazing chef sister Steff made fudge for the tables. We did this instead of individual favours.
The table numbers were decorated on my hen-do by my lovely friends.
The cakes were decorated with flays that I made from skewers and washi tape.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
I guess quirky. We had a cake table, We bought the large cakes from Treacle in Hove. We had a lavender victoria sponge and an apple and olive oil cake. It was lots of fun choosing. We also had chocolate porter cupcakes made by Nigel’s mum.
Brighton band, The Iron Bootscrapers played and also DJed using our playlist which we had made of our favourite music.
On the day tips and advice:
Try and relax and enjoy it. Also delegate if anyone offers. We couldn’t decorate the venue until the saturday so I ended up not being involved in setting up the venue on the day. Nigel did this with lots of help from friends and family. We had been able to have a practice run a few days before so they were armed with photos of how we wanted it to look.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Nigel and I have been together for 10 years and have a daughter, so were already very settled and happy together, but being married just feels like the icing on the cake.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
http://www.brightonmusichall.co.uk/ the venue.
http://www.ironbootscrapers.com/ the band
http://www.bhldn.com/ for dress
http://www.brightonalterations.com/ for dress alterations
http://treacleandco.co.uk/ for cakes
http://www.harlemhair.co.uk/ for hair