I have a fab wedding for you today courtesy of Daniel Hough Photography. Set in Cheshire this gorgeous day has a rustic feel to it as well as being filled with little vintage touches, from the Calais lace used to make the bespoke wedding dress to the fabric used to make the bunting. A homemade wedding full of DIY details that Sally the bride worked so hard to pull together. Plus check out her two cute sons, AND yes that is her 5 year old playing DJ! The wonder of an iPad. The most remarkable thing is that their original wedding venue caught fire 8 weeks before the wedding so the reception was moved to the village hall.
Our wedding was a personal, rustic, relaxed, wild-flowered Mexican barn dance!
Sally and David were married on the 1st of June at St Bertoline’s Church followed by a reception at Wychwood Village Hall, Weston, Cheshire. ‘We fell in love with the church many, many years ago on a summers evening walk. We always said that if we married one day it would be in St Bertoline’s. The reception was due to be held in the beautiful thatched coaching inn, the White Lion Inn, that is opposite the church, but unfortunately 8 weeks before our wedding the chimney caught fire taking the thatched roof with it!! The village hall came to our rescue and as it was a blank canvas we could take most of our original plans with us. We ended up with 120 guests and spent 8 months planning.’
This afternoon it’s the return of ‘Advice from the Married Side’. I have so many amazing real weddings on the blog and for each one I feature I ask the brides a number of questions. One of these questions being advice for other couples. Sometimes the answers get lost amongst the pretty pictures of each wedding so I have decided that each month or so I will bring you a selection of these brides (and grooms) words of wisdom! I hope there will be something amongst these brides experiences that help you while planning your own wedding.
(Photo by Gypsy Westwood)
- Explore your creative side, get people involved, don’t get hung up on what’s expected at a wedding, don’t compromise on your invite list, make sure every face you see around you is someone that makes you smile…..and love every minute of your day!!!
- Don’t over think about things and don’t worry about things matching, keep it simple. We just did the things we loved and it seemed to look good once it was all together. Keeping it simple seemed to make it fun for us and everyone else.
- As our vicar said to us, ‘the only thing that needs to happen for your wedding, is for the two of you to be there, sober, and with two witnesses. Everything else is just the party.’ Good advice!!
- Don’t worry or stress about the small things, of course everyone wants the day to be perfect but once the key things are organised the small things aren’t going to matter on the day.
- Don’t hire/buy something from someone if you don’t like them, you spend so much money on things for a wedding, you don’t want begrudge a single penny!
- You don’t have to spend your life savings on one day.
- Finally, make sure you have something relaxing and stress-free planned for the next day! When we woke up the next morning we were absolutely exhausted after months of planning, the build up to the wedding and the excitement of day itself – we went for breakfast at our hotel, said goodbye to all of our guests and drove to a beautiful remote beach where we just slept all day! It was exactly what we needed.
- Definitely book a photographer, and the right photographer. After the wedding is over and people have stopped talking about it, the wedding pictures are the best pick me up, ever!
(Photo by Nicki Feltham )
On the day of the Wedding
- On the day just let go! I remember thinking ‘what happens happens’. It will be amazing, you don’t need to think of a thing on the day, just relax and enjoy.
- On the day remember to spend time together. We certainly did this, and although initially there was an element of guilt because there are people we wish we’d spoke to more etc we know from seeing them after the wedding that they had a great day.
- Everyone said to me before the day that I must make the most of every minute and they were so right – I have never ever known a day to go so quickly, it was as if the day was on fast forward and all I wanted to do was keep rewinding so that I could enjoy it all over again!
- So your big moment has arrived, all those weeks and months of dreaming and planning and now it is here – Take a deep breath and RELAX!! I really wish I could have reminded myself to do this as in so many of our photographs at the chapel I’m looking really, really nervous!
- I think the best bit of advice we could give is just enjoy the day and don’t worry about it if some things don’t go to plan, you will probably laugh about the small hiccups a few weeks later
- Tips for the day, Allocate jobs for people (family and friends) in advance have a list of jobs and tasks that need doing and insure that you both have nothing to do but enjoy the day from the minute you wake up.
- really don’t worry about the little things. No one will notice and on the day itself you won’t care. I nearly lost it, tears and tantrums, over the flower table centre pieces, but they were just centre pieces. It didn’t actually matter!! (more…)
Today I am delighted to welcome back Jo and Nick one of our past Boho Bride and Grooms to the blog as they share with us their wonderful wedding pictures. You will remember Jo and Nick as the couple who wrote together, proving that it isn’t just the bride who gets involved with the wedding plans. Today’s wedding report is no different as they have both had an equal say in putting it together. It’s so lovely to see the wedding after hearing so much about it in their diary entries, I’m sure you will agree they both look gorgeous! I am loving the green touches in the decoration and flowers. BIG thanks to Paul and Kelly from Paul Joseph Photography for the fab images.
’The best day of my life with everyone I love around me. A day cemented in my memory forever.’
Jo and Nick were married on the 27th July at St Stephen’s Church, followed by a reception at 315 Bar and Restaurant, Huddersfield. ‘I’d always taken it as a given that when I got married it would be in a church. I also loved that fact that we both pass the church everyday as it is just down the road in our village. We could see the confetti on the pavement outside for days afterwards! The 315 was perfect for us, it has a modern feel and the room size was spot on for the size of our wedding. The 315 also prides itself on its food, as first and foremost its main business is the restaurant. This was massive for us as when you’re feeding so many people you want the food to be fantastic. We had 100 guests in total and the wedding took 18 months to plan’.
This afternoon I am taking a little break from the normal blogging scedual to send you some Christmas Cheer!
I am also here to tell anyone who knows me within the wedding industry that this year I have decided not to send Christmas cards, but to donate the money spent on card design and printing to charity instead.
As you will probably know I am a BIG animal lover so I have decided that this year the animals will get my Christmas card money instead.
I’m sorry to anyone who is expecting a card from me, but I hope you understand that the £100 is better spent with the RSPCA.
So instead of a pretty piece of card, please send your love to the animals and please save this Christmas message from myself and Dee!
If you are looking for a cute gift for an animal lover then why not try one of these Christmas gift cards? They have a great selection of gifts including; buy a cat bed and breakfast for £6, Donkey food for £10 or nurse a dog back to health for £25.
For more information on the RSPCA go to
I’m not going to lie I am more than a little bit in love with today’s wedding! I just love warehouse and industrial weddings right now, don’t get me wrong I still love my woodland and rustic weddings, I will never tire of those, but something a bit more urban is always a pleasure to feature on the blog, so BIG thanks to the amazing Laura Babb for this awesome submission. The couple Laura and Karl decided that a traditional venue wasn’t for them so they found this amazing warehouse venue complete with forest scene and vintage caravans to transform into their wedding venue. With giant balloons, a stunning cake table, gorgeous flower crowns and wonderful table decorations, this wedding is screaming out urban chic, as well as a whole lot of fun. More of this please for 2014!!
‘We did it our way’
Laura and Karl were married at St Werburgh’s Church followed by a reception at Camp and Furnace in Liverpool. ‘From the start we knew that we didn’t want a wedding in a hotel or a country house, so when we found Camp and Furnace in Liverpool (an indoor event space, bar and restaurant) we knew we’d found the place. We chose ‘the Camp’ area for our reception which is a huge warehouse space, with a floor to ceiling forest scene printed on the walls, vintage caravans, festoon lighting, olive trees, ping pong tables and a gigantic projection screen. The room gave us a blank canvas that we knew we could work with and provided us with the inspiration we needed to make it our perfect venue.’
As it’s now December I will be bringing you a Christmas DIY tutorial each week for the next 4 weeks, with the help of my regular DIY contributors! First up is the wonderful Anna from Download and Print, who has already brought you this FREE Printable Invitation and RSVP Card Template and this FREE Printable Folded Wedding Program. This Time Anna is showing us how to make these super cute Christmas ornaments, which would look gorgeous hanging from your tree or as a table centerpiece in a glass vase or hanging from gold or silver mini branches. I think they are so pretty and a great way to start this month of Christmas cheer!
The download can be found HERE. Simply follow the easy instructions and it will ready to downloaded to your computer in a matter of seconds, ready for you to make these cute Christmas ornaments.
I’ll pass the Blog over to Anna………
Ho ho ho! It’s Anna Skye here again from Download & Print hoping to get you in the festive mood. Each year my intentions are to start my Christmas crafts before December, and here we are, 2nd December and I’ve hardly crossed anything off my project list. I did manage to pull an eleventh hour miracle and have my advent calendar ready for the 1st, and now I’m getting lost under reams of material trying to make a cubby house. To give me a break from fabric flowers and tiny curtains, I thought I’d throw together these super simple paper ornaments and share the exclusive printable with Boho brides. I think these would look adorable hanging from small branches as a table centerpiece. You can mix and match the patterns, and use five or 10 strips per ornament, depending on the look you like.