Village Hall Real Wedding: Alicia & Luke
Alicia & Luke married on Saturday 10th September 2016. I'm really excited about this wedding as it's in a village hall just down the road from Creative Brides HQ and will (hopefully) be the venue for our 'wedding party' next year.
Alicia & Luke have given me lots of inspiration, and it's lovely to see that a village hall can look so stunning, food looks amazing and checkout that beautiful cake. I'm extra excited that the pictures were taken by Livvy Hukins Photography, who also captured our wedding in Nov!
Wedding Venue/s: Crowborough Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (ceremony), Eridge Village Hall (reception)
Describe your wedding in one line…Fun, classic and relaxed with a rustic Italian feast
How did you Save the Date? I made a picture invite using an app and sent it out via text/Whatsapp – it was pretty and completely free of charge!
Whereabouts did the inspiration for the wedding come from? All over really – I followed some wedding blogs on Instagram, got some ideas from Pinterest and magazines, and also had just seen what I liked and didn’t like from other weddings I’d been to. For example, I knew I wanted everything to happen in one room so the guests stayed together and got involved with the dancing in the evening.
I got a few ideas from wedding fairs – especially from ‘A Most Curious Wedding Fair’ in East London which had so many unique and different ideas from the traditional wedding fairs. I also found my dessert supplier (Meringue Girls) and florist (Dora Kovacs) there. If I had attended this Fair earlier in my planning, I’d probably have used it for a lot of other suppliers too!
I also had inspiration from this blog for my table layout which I had first seen on Pinterest and tried to track down as it was so simple and pretty: http://peachesandmint.com/blog/urban-loft-bespoke-wedding-inspiration/
Did you create a pinterest board, if yes would you mind providing a link to it? I didn’t have a proper board really, just picked up on ideas I liked and didn’t – I probably screenshot ideas from wedding accounts on Instagram more!
Did you stipulate any dress requirements, BYO elements or anything else for your guests to do on the invite? No – we wanted quite a relaxed wedding and for our guests to just have fun and enjoy the day.
Did you both and/or your guests get creative for the wedding? We did pretty much everything ourselves, with the help of our friends and family. We decorated the hall ourselves the day before – Luke made the wooden hanging decorations for me and we had friends and family help put up hundreds of fairy lights and the disco ball for the evening and set up all the tables. I even had Luke’s ushers laying out the name cards and straightening cutlery (we had gold cutlery and grey linen, hired from Classic Crockery Company)! I had painted and stamped all the name cards and put together the dried-flower favours with the help of one of my bridesmaids, and had also put together pretty little activity packs for the children (I managed to find a free activity book download online). We made the DJ booth out of wooden apple crates decorated with fairy lights and flowers, arranged the reception venue flowers ourselves, I borrowed the table for the cake from my sister – it was all homemade and a lot of work went into everything! We also had friends helping to cook and waitress on the day, so we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help.
I much preferred doing everything ourselves, as it was so much more personal to us and made the day even more special.
What did you both wear and why? My dress was from Willowby by Watters – ‘Penelope’. I had tried on so many dresses and was beginning to lose hope as they really weren’t ‘me’ – it was so frustrating how most of the dresses seemed to be so stuck in the past and all look the same. I found ‘The One Bridal’ online which seemed to stock some different and more modern styles and found my dress there. Julie was amazing as she did all the changes and fittings herself – I pretty much changed the entire skirt so it was quite a lot for her to take on!
Luke wore a navy Kenneth Cole three piece suit with a champagne coloured tie – it was so smart and matched the colour of the bridesmaid dresses really well.
My bridesmaids wore separates – I had an idea in my head and it took so long to find what I was looking for that I nearly gave up! In the end, I found the pale pink sequin crop tops from Lipsy, and the champagne tulle skirts (which were actually dresses worn under the tops) from River Island on ASOS.
Memorable moments of the ceremony:
- My sister Louisa, practically snatching my bouquet as soon as I got to the end of the aisle in case she forgot to do it – there’s a great picture of me laughing at her which broke the ice and made us relax a little.
- Simon, who married us, has known Luke for years so it was such a personal ceremony with lovely words spoken.
Memorable moments of the reception:
- It was such a lovely atmosphere – the rain meant we had brought everything earlier and got everyone inside for the meal early and it really brought everyone together – it was lovely to watch all our closest friends and family enjoying themselves with cocktails and pizza!
- Luke and his brothers dancing to Madness (it literally was madness!) which Livvy captured perfectly and are some of my favourite photos of the evening.
- The speeches were all so lovely too and our families were as emotional as us!
Award for best moment goes to… Our lovely ushers and Master of Ceremonies getting soaked while running all our friends and families in under big umbrellas as the heavens opened during the welcome drinks (which started off in the garden!).
What did you have for music and entertainment? We had Pimms, prosecco and popcorn for the welcome drinks and canapes – which we’d bought in the supermarket previously and were all done by our friends on the day which helped keep our costs down.
We had a friend DJ for us – Luke and I had sat together with him to make the playlist beforehand so we had all our favourite songs on there. We didn’t need any other entertainment really!
What did you do for food, favours and drink (if you did favours)?
Favours – The individual favours were dried flowers with the name cards tied around them. We also had bowls of coconut ice on all the tables which guests enjoyed.
Food – we had anti pasti sharing boards as starters, which were done by our friends that helped us out in the kitchen and waitressing. Then the mains were stone baked pizza by Pizza Federicci, along with salads and a ragu pasta dish made by Luke’s mum.
Dessert was brownies and meringues by Meringue Girls, with cream and strawberries (kind of a make-your-own Eton Mess)
Drinks – we had bought the welcome drinks and wine for the meal, but we had a cocktail bar in the evening that everyone loved – they were brilliant and didn’t stop making cocktails all night!
Would you change anything if you could do it all again? I wouldn’t – I loved everything we had. I would definitely try and relax a little more on the day though, due to the rain both Luke and I were worried that it would ruin the day and guests wouldn’t enjoy themselves, but it actually worked the opposite day and brought everyone together in the end!
Who were your ‘SUPER’ suppliers?
Photographer // Livvy Hukins Photography – absolutely amazing and seemed to be everywhere at once, it was almost like there were 2 of her! I love how involved she got, and ended up staying longer than contracted to have a dance, which meant we got loads of evening photos that we weren’t expecting.
Venues // Eridge Village Hall – lovely village hall, recently refurbished and really pretty (also ridiculously cheap!)
Dress // ‘Penelope’ by Willowby Watters – The One Bridal in Sevenoaks – Julie was brilliant and made all the amendments for me, even though I was particularly fussy and wanted quite a few changes to the dress I’d chosen.
Shoes // Kurt Geiger
Hair // Sophie Hare at ‘Hair by Hare’
Makeup // Emma-Lily Curran
Accessories // Hair piece, Lorna Green
Groom Suit // Kenneth Cole, House of Fraser
Guest Entertainment // Lawn games from mum’s next door neighbour (sadly we didn’t get to use these due to the pouring rain)
Catering // Pizza Federicci - they were brilliant and such good value too, we were really happy with them and the pizza was amazing
Dessert supplier // Meringue Girls
Cake // The Cake Doll
Cocktail Bar // Kent Mobile Bar Company
Table Plan // Aimee Willow
Flowers // Dora Kovaks. Dora was brilliant and so reasonably priced. She even let me use as many of her vases for free as I was doing the reception flower arrangements myself.
Cutlery and equipment hire // Classic Crockery Co. I hired the gold cutlery, tablecloths, grey linen napkins, and wooden anti pasti boards from here and it was all lovely.
Vehicles // Simon, our friend with a Maserati