It is less than two weeks until Hayley & Nathan tie the knot at the stunning Northamptonshire wedding venue, Rushton Hall! Hayley is a featured bride on the blog, and she has been giving us an insight into what it is like to plan a wedding. In part two of Hayley’s engagement diary she tells us how she approached wedding planning, what her milestones were and her inspiration for her wedding reception. There will be so much to photograph I can’t wait!
HOW HAS MANAGING YOUR TIME AND WEDDING PLANNING BEEN?
Deciding on a theme and knowing where to start can be daunting. There are so many fantastic ideas and themes around that you can feel a bit overwhelmed. I started by buying lots of wedding magazines and just circling what I liked and crossing out what I didn’t. You begin to build up a good picture, and might surprise yourself with what you like and what you don’t like. Deciding on the time of year that you want to get married and the type of venue can really help to guide you.
Following through your theme can be even trickier! You have to think about how each little detail fits into the overall look of the wedding and resist impulse buying because something is pretty. I think sticking to something simple, like my ring, has really helped me focus on the feel of the wedding. Using Pinterest and creating a mood board really helped me to channel ideas and see how things will fit together. I have a board for almost every aspect of the wedding.
I would be lost without my wedding planner journal, and although it was a bit pricy (£20), a good planner is worth its weight in gold. It has checklists, a calendar for all the important dates, budget breakdown, pockets to store business cards and space to scribble down ideas. I take mine almost everywhere with me and it has definitely helped me keep everything on track.
My mum and sisters have also been really involved and it has definitely helped. Having others to bounce ideas off is really useful – my maid of honour is always there to give me an objective opinion on everything too.
WHAT WERE LANDMARKS IN YOUR WEDDING PLANNING?
I bought my wedding dress at the beginning of the year in the first shop I went in to. It was totally the opposite of what I initially wanted. After being a bit underwhelmed at the first few dresses I tried, the lovely ladies at Lola Bridal in Northampton picked out a dress for me. I was reluctant to even put it on because it was so far away from what I wanted, but it was perfect. They really do know their stuff.
In June we ordered the bridesmaid dresses from a seller on Etsy. We really struggled to find anything on the high street that was in the right shade of dark emerald green, and so I started looking on Etsy for other options. The seller makes all of the dresses by hand and has a huge range of colours.
We sent out save the date cards about 6 months ago. As we are getting married on a Friday we wanted to make sure that everyone had enough time to book holiday from work. We are currently in the process of designing our invitations and all our other stationary.
Nathan made the very important decision of what car he would like for the wedding early on. He’s a real petrol head and so this was the most important decision for him! It’s a beautiful AC Cobra which we hope to hire for the weekend of the wedding.
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR MAKING PIECES FOR YOUR WEDDING?
I am making the favours myself; we’re having cake pops! I picked up a cake pop machine in a sale for a great price. My first test batch went well, so fingers crossed they go well for the day. My incredibly talented Aunty is making our entire wedding cake. She’s using edible lace with a gold lustre finish to decorate it.
We are having a sweetie table and decided to do this ourselves. I have bought some beautiful second hand crystals jars and platters from charity shops, as well as some modern jars. They’re so popular at the minute.
We’re doing the music for the evening ourselves too. We’re very particular about our music and so we are hiring the equipment and creating a playlist. We asked our guests for requests when they RSVP’d so everyone can have their favourite song.
As well as our main centrepieces, we are having lots of little decorations on the tables. I’m a total book worm and so it was really important to have some of my favourite quotes incorporated into the wedding. My Mum can do amazing calligraphy so I am going to ask her to pen the quotes. They will go in little gold frames and each table name will be an author.
We’re also going to have lots of photos on the tables of our families, grandparents and parents at their weddings. We have lots of photos up at home and I think they make any place more personal.