The One Where I Got Married
So since I recently got married myself, I thought it was only fair that I share my own experiences and knowledge surrounding my own wedding day starting with our wedding stationery. Hopefully it'll give all you new brides out there some ideas and inspiration for your own special days.
Being a designer, I had lots of ideas for my own wedding but my main priority was to create a day that truly represented my husband and I as a couple. That depicted our playful characters, our different personalities and our love for one another. Cheesey I know, but it meant that whatever decisions were made, were made by both of us.
It was a photo I’d seen online of vibrant juicy summer berries that influenced the theme and colour scheme for our special day. Our day was booked for August in a gorgeous rustic barn. We love country walks, sitting in the garden and having BBQs so something vibrant and summery was the perfect way to go. I designed all the stationery myself which complimented this theme including the invites, orders of service, menus and place settings.
Our invites were a rich summer berry design with vibrant reds, pinks, purples and other berry tones. They followed a multi-page layout with a main invite page, a double sided directions page with map, an accommodation page with gift poem and a RSVP postcard that guests could send back to us.
I then handmade rustic kraft card envelopes printed with a tree bark effect to house the invite, which was fastened shut with a personalised sticker.
Our BBQ menus were designed in the same style and created to sit on top of each guest's napkin, tied with twine that attached to the place settings. Our wedding favours were military charity pins inspired by my husbands career in the RAF. We wanted guests to experience a piece of our world so it meant a lot to us to share various aspects of our lives and personality throughout our day.
This can also be said for our Order of Service, which outlined who our bridal party were, the schedule for the day and also told our 13 year love story and how we’d got to where we were now.
My husband’s love for marvel superheroes was depicted in our playful save the date magnets, table plan and table names, followed by a handmade comic book photo booth frame with super hero props for our guests to enjoy throughout the day. (Available for rent soon)
I have to thank Lynda and her team at Exclusively Weddings for the overall look of the day. She took the time to review the photos we had collected, the colours we had chosen and our limited budget and created a spectacular masterpiece full of vibrancy and texture. It was an absolutely breathtaking floral display, with real strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
Our guests enjoyed eating them throughout the day. Our centerpieces varied from rustic vases full of pillar candles and blueberries, to tall glass vases filled with vibrant hydrangeas and rustic twigs.
The barn was full of light from hundreds of fairy lights and pillar candles lined the walls that created a warm glow and romantic ambience
We built a postbox to house all our wedding cards and a unique sweet potting shed, complete with pots and trays filled with sweets and garden tools and scoops. (Stay tuned for this becoming available to rent for your wedding day)
Our cake took on a rustic theme too with layers of our favourite cheeses, covered in grapes, figs and iced mice, sat on top of a tree trunk. Neither of us were keen on wedding cake but adore cheese so it only seemed fitting to feature it at our wedding and serve it up to our guests as an evening buffet. Emsworth Deli provided us with this spectacular creation.
So there we have it, our wedding day. I hope you've enjoyed seeing various elements of our day. It was one of the most wonderful days of our lives and something we'll treasure forever. Being able to share it with our nearest and dearest meant so much to us and we wouldn't have changed a thing, despite a few hiccups.
My next post will delve deeper into our wedding journey and experiences. It can be an overwhelming time for all you newly engaged couples so I hope our wisdom can help take away some of that stress and help you enjoy this next exciting adventure.
Wedding Stationery designed by Studio Campbell
Flowers by Exclusively Weddings
Photographs by Martin Bell Photography
Cheese Cake by Emsworth Deli
Venue: The Manor Barn, Buriton