William and Megan got married on 4th June 2016, at St Andrews Church, Skegby, Nottinghamshire
Describe wedding in one line: Explosion of colour
How did you save the date? We got engaged in Venice and as we walked through the main square one day, a man approach used with a little drawing pad and started to tell us to “Look away”. What we didn’t realise is that within 1 minute, he had drawn our silhouettes of our faces that looked just like us! We used this silhouette on our save the dates and invitations. We decided to use all multi-colour card with the silhouette printed on the front. Normally people look at the save the date and try to gauge the colour theme, this way we thought it would keep people guessing.
Where abouts did the inspiration for the wedding come from? We just were discussing a colour theme one day and we jokingly said, why don’t we have a multi coloured wedding as it would be bright and cheerful? We started to Google some ideas and loved what we saw. Some family members weren’t too impressed with the idea but loved how it turned out in the end. We were very clear, we wanted bold colour, not pastel colours.
Did you stipulate any dress requirements, BYO elements or anything else for your guests to do on the invite? No we were just happy that people would take the time out to join in on our celebration. Of course we chose the bridesmaid dresses and grooms men suits with our friends as we wanted them to feel comfortable in what they were wearing on the day.
Did you both and/or your guests get creative for the wedding? When we were planning the wedding, we decided to do a lot of it ourselves which resulted bringing our ideas alive. We hand made all of our wedding invitations, painfully cut out and sowed 750 metres of coloured bunting for the day for the marquee
What did you both wear and why? Bride – I fell in love with the second dress I tried on in the first shop to my mum’s horror (she wasn’t with me at the time) and she asked me to fly home to try on some dresses with her just to be on the safe side. I tried on other dresses but couldn’t stop thinking about the one I had fallen in love with. I felt amazing which really surprised me as I was very worried about finding something that I would feel comfortable and elegant in.
Groom– I was undecided about what to wear on the day. After speaking to various retailers and experts, they made the point that the current trends become outdated very quickly and a classic suit wouldn’t date as much in the photos. With the multi coloured theme, we quickly decided that grey would be idea as it would complement our chosen colours for the grooms men. I wanted a suit that would stick out from my normal day to day work wear so decided to go with tails. I also had a multi-coloured Rose and an Ivory waistcoat to match my Bride.
Memorable moments from the ceremony: Walking down the aisle will be a moment that I will never forget, arm linked with my dad for support. I remember being so nervous before but at that moment, all I could do was smile from ear to ear and say hello to everyone as I noticed them.
A funny moment from the service, when Megan was trying to get the ring on William’s finger, she struggled to get it over his knuckle. She quickly gave up, we turned around to face the vicar and Kate Bottley said “push that sucker up!” of course we started to laugh.
Memorable moments from the reception: The Groom’s Mother had always wanted to see him in a kilt on his wedding day since a large proportion of the family is Scottish, but we had chosen suits since Will isn’t actually Scottish. Just before the first dance, though, Will got changed and surprised his Mum by walking outside in a full Kilt and formal Scottish dress in the family tartan. She was delighted, (and Will looked great in a Kilt!)
The First Dance, on the band-stand was very special. It felt like there was only us in the whole world.
Award for best moment goes to…
First Place has to be seeing the bride walk down the aisle. I have never seen anything so Beautiful.
Following that, the funniest moment was the Best Men Speech, which was hilarious and probably the best one we’ve ever seen at any wedding!
What did you have for music and entertainment? After the church service, we hired the Church marquee and decorated it with some decorations for a Cake competition on the Church lawn. We unfortunately couldn’t invite everyone we wanted to the reception and we thought it would be a nice way to spend time with everyone before we got on the coach to the reception.
We asked all of our guests to bring a cake along to share which would be entered into the cake competition in which Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood appeared (not the real ones of course, our budget didn’t stretch that far…) to taste, chose winners and give out prizes. It was great fun and very relaxed.
At the reception we had asked Paul Thornton who is a guitarist who we had admired for a long time to come along and play a 1.5 hour set as guests arrived at the wedding breakfast. Paul helped set a very chilled out atmosphere for guests. Everyone commented on how good he was.
In the evening, we had a DJ which started off with the first dance, father and bride dance and then music that played all night. In the invitations we asked everyone to choose a song, which meant that everyone would like a least one song played and the dance floor would never be empty.
What did you do for food, favours and drink?
Food – instead of a three course meal, we decided to have a BBQ for a more relaxed atmosphere (thankfully the weather was beautiful)
Drink – We decided to go with the basic drink package for guests
Favours – we decided to make our own favours which were charity badges in which we gave a donation to our 3 charities that meant something special to us and our families – Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s UK and RSPCA. Of course, the kids received the animal badges.
Would you change anything if you could do it all again? Of course there were things that didn’t go to plan on the day, these things happen. As we had planned and created a lot of the decorations for the marquee ourselves, if I were to do it again, I would decorate the marquee ourselves making sure it was just the way we wanted it. To our guests, they didn’t notice any difference.
Photographer / Anna Wood Photography
Venues / Church / St Andrews Church, Skegby, Nottinghamshire Reception / Shottle Hall, Belper, Derbyshire
Shoes / Debenhams
Hair and Make up / Bridal Creative, Chesterfield
Accessories / Debenhams
Groom suit / Slaters Suit Hire
Entertainment / Paul Thornton (Private Guitarist); In-House DJ
Flowers / Funky Florists, Derby
Vehicles / Family friend