I wanted to blog about our wedding day quite soon, before I forget all the little details! I’m planning on sharing the day this week, and then a few details from the wedding and tips from what I learnt about wedding planning over the next few weeks. I hope you enjoy! Photos are by the amazing Jo Crawford.
The Night before the Wedding
The night before the wedding we went out for a pub meal with friends and family who were staying in the area. It was such a good way to spend more time with people who had travelled long distances for our wedding. We were chatting away and having drinks when suddenly it was 10 o’clock and we realised we needed to *try* and get some sleep!
We stayed at my Granny’s house the night before and, feeling a bit jittery, we sat on my bed and opened some gifts. My sister gave me some beautiful goodies to pamper myself with and some ‘calming spray’ which I loved (and repeatedly sprayed myself with over the next 12 hours!). She also brought us over some floral robes from Singapore to get ready in. I prepared a goodie bag for each bridesmaid to say thank you for all their help. I discovered the lovely Posh Totty Designs in Brighton in May and knew I wanted to get the bridesmaid jewellery from there as it’s such a beautiful and personal brand. I went for the Petite Russian necklaces for my maids and a personalised one for my sister Martha, with our siblings’ initials engraved on each ring. They looked gorgeous on all of the girls.
The Morning of the Wedding
I loved the morning of the wedding! I shared a bed with my sister and we tossed and turned most of the night but managed to get a few hours of sleep in. Still, we were up very early and started doing little jobs here and there. Martha and I mixed up some cocktails for later; a gin and elderflower ‘London’ cocktail, and a rum, ginger and peach based ‘Melbourne’ cocktail. I walked around the gardens trying to take everything in and picking some flowers for decoration. The sun was shining and I was keeping my fingers crossed it would last, despite the conflicting information from BBC weather forecast…
The marquee was pretty much done in the days previously, but I loved putting the finishing touches on the tables. The girls were so amazing at getting the buffet table ready while my mum was cooking half the food! My favourite part of the morning was when the flowers arrived. I had put a lot of thought into deciding on flowers and discussing ideas with our florist, Lynsey. She blew me away with her designs for the big foliage hoops that hung in the marquee. I can’t tell you how much I loved our bouquets too!
I think my family were shocked at how calm I was all day haha! I’m usually such a worrier. I was pretty relaxed as most of the hard work was done and now we were getting to have fun! We had a lull of things to do late in the morning, so we started slowly getting ready. Our photographer Jo arrived, the cake was delivered, and suddenly it was all a bit of a rush to get ready before we left!
We did our hair and make up ourselves and I’m so glad we did as it was really fun and gave us more control over timings. Everyone looked beautiful and it was kind of calming to be curling my friend’s hair whilst having mine done! We all just helped each other, it was lovely.
Off to the Church
It seemed like we had so much time until suddenly it was almost time to go and it was all a bit of a rush! It felt so exciting to finally be wearing the dress I’d owned for over a year. The bridesmaids looked stunning in their Concrete Mykonos dresses from Rewritten. We were all quickly putting last minute touches to our hair and make up, trying to get ready in time. At this point I stepped out of the room to have a photo taken by Jo and it wasn’t until I stood still for a moment that I realised how much I was shaking with adrenaline!
Suddenly it was time for the girls and my mum to leave. Dad and I nervously stood around, not sure what to do with ourselves so we sipped some water and left not long after them.
Tips for the Wedding Morning
Don’t leave too much to do in the morning, but do leave some! It was great to have a few tasks to keep us busy, and they were fun ones like mixing cocktails and decorating brownies!
Delegate. I didn’t do much of this during the wedding planning but on the day I found it easier to let go and there were so many people wanting to help, it was lovely.
Make sure you have easily-to-prepare food for the day (if you’re getting married mid afternoon like us). We had simple soup and bread in the middle of getting ready so we could quickly get back to it. We also snacked on dark chocolate last minute to get the sugar levels up!
Think about your bag for later on and give it to someone to put it wherever you’re sleeping (for us, that was a tent!)
Put on a good playlist and enjoy it! Take a few minutes to yourself in to make sure you soak it all in and take some deep breaths. It’s your wedding day!