Today it’s been 3 months since I became a Mrs! It’s still so surreal and we’re loving every second of it! I hope you’ve been enjoying my wedding posts. So far I’ve posted about the wedding hair and makeup, my wedding dress, and the story behind the couture dress! Today we’re moving on to the decor. It’s so true what they say about making sure the decor reflects you as a couple. It’s so easy to get sucked into Pinterest (trust me i’m there on the daily) but it’s important to take a step backwards whilst wedding planning to make sure you’re actually designing a day that your friends and family will recognise as, ‘you’. Some of my DIYs had friends and family telling me I was totally crazy, but I live for creating so let’s do this.
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Our ceremony took place inside a 14th century converted barn belonging to our incredible wedding venue, Elms Barn in Suffolk. The barn was perfect as it was, complete with pillar candles and twinkling tea lights, but we added fairy lights and white draping to the beams to soften the look of the ceiling and create a cosy, intimate atmosphere. Our florist also dressed a wooden arch with foliage, which was used as the alter. It was totally magical in there!
THE CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
The marquee was attached to the barn, providing that extra space needed for the reception. The most time-consuming decor piece in this space was the 28 metres of paper flowers I made to hang on the ceiling! Yes, 28 metres. This is the kind of shit I was talking about when I said that some people think I’m nuts. The dilemma was this: I wanted flowers sprawling the length of our marquee (PINTEREST HAS IT WHY CAN’T I?) but was quoted about £1,000 for the work. So I put a crepe paper order on repeat and sat in front of the TV most evenings glueing petals to floral wire. But look how pretty!
Our guest book was a giant dreamcatcher made from a hula hoop, lots of different coloured wool, organza, ribbon and string. The idea was that guests could write their messages on luggage tags and then tie them anywhere on the dreamcatcher. It looks amazing now that it’s full of notes from our friends and family! We wanted something we could display in our house as a constant reminder of the love in our lives, which is why we opted for something as large and obvious as this rather than your standard guest book.
Our table plan was my favourite thing to make! Tom and I met in a car park on the M11, which doesn’t sound great, but hear me out. It’s actually kinda sweet. We were both on our way up to university for the first time, cars parked side by side, and my mum took it upon herself to introduce us based purely on the fact that our cars were both full of pots and pans. If it hadn’t been for that meeting, Tom wouldn’t have recognised me the next time we bumped into each other on campus.
To make the wedding decor a bit fun, we came up with the idea of a car park for our table plan. I bought 100 little plastic cars, spray painted them blue and hot glued them to an old wooden door to represent our two banquet tables. The tables were named, ‘G’ and ‘T’ and the letters were made from dried flower petals. A little bit of silver leaf made the, ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ cars stand out.
Other details included a family tree made of lace and a hula hoop, and a flower crown making table. The flower crown table was supposed to be outside, but since it rained all day our superstar wedding coordinator set it up inside. The flowers were shop-bought from Aldi and Sainsbury’s the day before and I had already pre-made loads of crowns using floral wire so that all our guests had to do was wire on their flowers.
I think I counted about four people in the end who actually made one…but I’m blaming the weather for that…!
Our card box was an IKEA terrarium! I just added some candles, flowers, string lights and photos of Tom and me. We wanted something modern and something we could use again, so this seemed like the perfect choice. Our wedding favours were succulents wrapped in string and brown paper. The little flags were £1 for a pack of 10 from The Range.
We opted for two long banquet tables because we wanted a relaxed, social feel. All tables, chairs and linens were provided by our amazing venue. I just added silver chiffon runners down each table and some hired glass candlesticks from Daisy Says I Do and the local, Little Lending Company. The grey tapered dinner candles were really reasonably priced from Amazon.
Our wedding coordinator, Victoria, and the team at Elms Barn set everything up exactly how I wanted it. I’ll never forget what it felt like walking into that barn and seeing it for the first time.
Our flowers were created by Teena, Elm’s Barn’s in-house florist. After 18 months of wedding planning I still couldn’t tell you the names of the flowers we used, but I bloody loved them.
I’m also REALLY excited to announce…
…that our wedding is going to be featured by international wedding blog, Love My Dress in December!! I absolutely ADORE their website – it’s so full of amazing weddings and it’s an honour to be featured alongside so many incredible couples. I’ll no doubt be tweeting and retweeting it when it goes live, so keep an eye out on Twitter and Instagram! You can also follow LMD for major wedding inspiration here.