Wednesday, 10 August 2011

DIY Loughborough Wedding — 18 June 2011 {S+C}

Today I have the absolute pleasure of posting our first Real Wedding! It's an even sweeter delight because my own lovely maid-of-honour is a bridesmaid in this wedding (popular lady, eh?). So here we go...
Sarah and Chris met at Open Heaven Church in Loughborough and three years later they were married in the Loughborough Parish Church. They also both live and work (for the same charity) in Loughborough. Their traditional church ceremony was followed by a reception at the local primary school, where red brick walls made for a gorgeous backdrop. They wanted their wedding to be stylish and colourful. Hoping to keep costs down and thinking it would be fun to get crafty, Sarah and her friends put a lot of effort into the DIY decorations, cake and bouquets. So here is some beautifulness for you...

{From the Bride...}

"For our wedding, we wanted a very stylish and colourful reception but we wanted to keep costs low and have the fun of making many things ourselves. The decorations and handmade touches were only possible with the time and help of friends who gave up much time and energy on our behalfs. We made 200 invitations and orders-of-service by hand with coloured card and we used a high quality photocopier. This kept stationary costs quite low. It also meant that we could keep a strong theme throughout the wedding which was important to me! Hopefully you will see this yellow, purple and green theme throughout these photos.

My bridesmaids wore purple dresses (all purchased at different high-street shops) and the maid of honour used a dress she already had in her closet. Miraculously, when they're all together you can barely notice the differences. The bridesmaids also wore their own jewelry and shoes so they could save money and add a touch of their own personalities. 

The bouquets, which looked stunning, were made up by a bridesmaid who picked greenery from friends' gardens and roses from the local Loughborough market. She wrapped the stems in ribbon. As green was in theme, the centrepieces were mostly the greenery and other colourful bits randomly from friends' gardens, placed in steel jugs so looked really cute. We wanted a traditional looking church wedding but choose to use ribbons on the pews rather than flowers which looked just as effective. 

We decorated the reception with bunting and handmade signs in the colour theme. At each place setting there was a photocopied 'fun sheet' for guests to fill in while they waited for the buffet. The pens were put in old tin cans painted for the occasion. Each place was marked by a peg which had the name of the person stamped on it by a fabulous bridesmaid! these were then pegged onto the wine glasses. Family photos were loaned for the day and put in frames by the cake, which made a stylistic focus-table for the wedding cake. In the school corridor, on route to the toilets, childhood photos were mounted by our sisters!

Family photos were loaned for the day and set up beside the cake, which was purchased inexpensively at the supermarket and decorated by the bride's sisters with packets of pick and mix sweeties. Other puddings as well as the wedding favours, which were 'cake-pops', were baked by friends. We also provided outside fun! We borrowed games from a local 'toy library' and found that the space hoppers went down very well! While guests (and ushers/groomsmen) were hopping around the grass, music was supplied by one of our friends from university. He DJ'd out of an old suitcase!

Everything looked absolutely fabulous and professional thanks to the talents of our friends and family members. We would not change anything about the wedding and it was more special for all the homemade touches reminding us of the support of our friends. We would encourage you to challenge the conventional wedding choices and think about doing-it-yourself, getting crafty and saving money...its much more fun being low impact!!"

Congratulations Chris & Sarah! 
Thanks for being our first Real Wedding!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, so many distinctively unique to the bride and groom elements in this wedding. Thanks for sharing!