Happy Thursday lovelies! Nearly the weekend… we’re excited to be heading to Manchester for a long overdue family visit tomorrow. What are your plans? If you’re thinking about a little wedmin then you’re in luck because we have some gorgeous ideas from a thrifty, creative, DIY spring wedding to delight your eyes today! I adore the colour theme and styling of Christian and Tan’s big day at Dodford Manor Country House Barn and I hope you will too! Images are by English Wedding Directory member Steve from Brillpix Photography in Northamptonshire. Enjoy!
Nearly everything for the wedding was handmade! Tan loved designing and making the elements for the special day. “We had arranged for a Big Routemaster Bus to collect our guests and take them to the venue, so Tan made a hand painted sign as a bus stop in our village, with a pic of the Bride and Groom, and tied balloons to it. The order of Service was handmade, including hand painted pictures of all the Wedding Party – including one of the Groom getting ready with his Saints Rugby top on under his suit.
Our Tables were named after Pic’n’mix Sweets -(Christian’s idea, linked to where we met) And the seating plan was displayed on Jars filled with the sweets, on Wicker Hampers! Carolyn (MOTG), Danielle (Sister OTG) and Jess (Niece OTG) helped to make our Pic ‘n’ Mix Wedding Favours. The important Little Men at our wedding had their own cloth ‘Kits’, with things like crayons, yoyos and toys – just in case they got bored during the speeches! All of the gifts were wrapped in brown paper, with beautiful bakers twine.
One of the only things that were ordered in were the pastel coloured pin badges used instead of place cards, which our guests could take away as a memento. (From the lovely team at Wedding in a Teacup). The Evening Guests had their own luggage tags with their badges attached, for when they arrived. I loved making everything for the wedding – because it was ‘ours’, and no one else would ever have the same. It was also lovely to make and plan things to surprise guests on the day. It was so lovely to see people’s reactions, and hopefully will have created some memories of our day.
Wedding photographer’s website:
A lot of time was spent looking for the right photographer! A lot of reviewing websites online for a few months to find the right style, before arranging to meet Steve. Steve was great from the day we met him! After meeting him for the first time, we knew he was the right photographer for us. It was lovely to have the opportunity to have a pre-wedding shoot a few weeks before hand – to get to know Steve, and get used to being photographed. On the day, Steve did such a good job capturing beautiful candid, documentary style photos. At times, you would forget he was there, as he captured moments that we would not have seen otherwise.
We were really excited to see all of them once we had got back from honeymoon. Steve had shared a few of them with us a couple of days after the wedding – and they were brilliant! So many of our guests had commented on what a great job he had done. So when Steve came to drop our photos off along with a beautiful DVD slideshow, we couldn’t wait to view them. The slideshow itself even had some of the songs from our Wedding Day on it!
Dodford Manor Country House Barn
We looked a few venues, but Dodford Manor was the one! It’s Beautiful Barns surrounding by rolling countryside (and even baby lambs!) sold it to us.
The team there were so welcoming, and accommodating. From showing us round – (twice!), to the planning meetings, and on the day itself, they did a fantastic job.
They even let our lovely Page Boys have a ‘rehearsal morning’ – nothing was too much trouble.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A beautiful day we will always remember.
Your wedding style or theme:
There was no set theme for the Wedding initially, there but as time went on it became more about how to make sure everyone had fun, and using little things that were special to us.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Mainly through searching online, for local suppliers, and through recommendations.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
If you can make it yourself – great!
If you make things yourself, or know someone who can help you, it becomes more personal and special. It’s a great way to spend time with those close to you too as you prepare for your big day.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The Venue and Photographer.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
All the stationery was handmade. All the artwork was designed by Tan, and used throughout all elements of it. There were Fridge Magnet ‘Save the Dates’ with a picture of the future Bride and Groom – which was then used in the invites, the order of Service, decorations, and Thank you Cards. And a lot of handmade mini-bunting flags!
It was lovely to make the Thank you Cards after the Wedding – Tan printed off lots of Steve’s lovely pictures, and created individual Cards with special prints of our lovely family and friends, for them to keep.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I had tried on alot! The Vintage style Fit and Flare Dress, was perfect. I loved the lace, and the buttons, and the fact I could swirl about in it!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Phase Eight – Oxford Street, London.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My ‘Something Borrowed’ was my Mum’s lovely necklace.
The shoes were ‘Mary-Jane’ Style from Rainbow Club. I loved them!
The Veil was handmade by Ali, MOTB.
And what did the groom wear?
The Groom and his two best men wore Blue Suits, from Moss Bros.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
A lovely soft pinky, peach knee length dress.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Jade from Blusher Brides did a fantastic job with the Bridal Party’s hair, including the MOTB and Bridesmaid. The Bridal hair style had to be ‘Vintage’, and I loved what she did on the day!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
We bought all the flowers for the wedding at Savins Wholesalers, and made everything by hand. (And it was interesting to see how many flowers you can fit in a Ford Fiesta, on the way back home!)
Country garden & natural looking flower displays with were a must, including dainty daisies, Tulips, pale pastels and bold brights! Not forgetting the ‘Blue’ Delphiniums. It was so much fun being able to design all the elements for the day.
The Bridal Bouquet and and Bridesmaid Bouquet were designed by Tan, but put together by the MOTB, Ali. The Table Arrangements where displayed in wooden crates with cute windmills, and the Ceremony Displays were displayed in decorated glass jars.
The button holes were small arrangements of dainty flowers, made by Tan. When they were delivered, people also got their own pin badge to wear with them (Eg. MOTG, FOTG, Page Boy) – Even the Bride and Groom wore them.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Handmade Bunting, beautiful flowers and Balloons! The Venue itself was so lovely it didn’t really need too much in the way of decoration, but the bursts of colour across the two barns we used worked really well. The bunting colours had been used on the Wedding Stationery, the table decor, and the cake.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
The individual sponge cakes were ordered from Marks and Spencers, but it was constructed and decorated by Tan – in a bunting theme to match the running theme from the stationery and decorations. This option meant that it was bespoke, but still within budget.
The Cake Toppers were hand painted by Tan.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Make your day your own!
Its great to break away from tradition a little, and put your own twist on things. We had Edward Monkton’s ‘A lovely Love Story’ as a reading, a Camper Van for the Bride and Big Red Bus for the guests, and a Vintage Wedding dress thrown in the mix. But ultimately, the day is about both of you – enjoy it!
What’s the best thing about being married?
We have this reminder in a photo frame:
“I love being Married…! It’s great to find that special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life!”
In all seriousness, it is great.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Photographer – Brillpix Photography
Dress – www.phase-eight.com
Hair – Jade at blusherbrides.com
Camper Van – Pear Tree Weddings – www.peartreeweddings.co.uk
Red Bus – Alpha Bus – www.alphabus.org.uk
Flowers, Decorations, Stationery and Tan – Facebook: VillageGirlCrafts