Did you do any DIY Projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?
We handmade all the decorations with help from family. Among them were the floral hoops hanging at the reception, the flower arrangements on the tables, the welcome signs, toiletry baskets, table names, seating plan, and over 100 jam jars for flowers and tealights, individually wrapped in lace and twine!
It was so special to see it all come together after months of hard work. Some decorations were passed on to us from a friend’s wedding that took place earlier that year – so that was nice for them to see their leftover confetti being thrown, or their table name holders being used, for example.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
The cathedral reminded Jane of her favorite movie! “One of my favorite films is The Sound of Music, and I could picture myself walking down the aisle like Maria, complete with a cathedral-length veil!”
The flowers were arranged by the cathedral’s dedicated florist. Kevin from Slades Florist in Nottingham did the bouquets and buttonholes. Amazingly, Kevin is the same florist Jane’s Mum and Dad had for their wedding 30 years previously!
Also, Jane’s grandmother’s house was the location for bridal prep.
What is the most memoriable moment of your day?
The cathedral ceremony, without a doubt.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Doing most of the decor with the help of friends and family.
What was your biggest splurge?
The venue. We wanted to combine a beautiful, grand ceremony in the cathedral with a relaxed reception in the garden, with great music, great food, and plenty of drinks,” Charlie says. “It was important to us that the reception be relaxed, full of love, friendship, and laughter. The Walled Garden was the first reception venue we visited, we fell in love with the beautiful garden and reserved a date straight away!
What was your favorite details?
Charlie’s hanging floral hoops! They were stunning!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Do a bit at a time, make sure you have a list, even if it seems never-ending, take a few days off before the wedding to do any final decorations or preparations, and then just focus on enjoying your wedding!