Wednesday, 10 February 2016

My Vintage Wedding: The Details

Following on from my recent post about our wedding outfits, I thought today I'd delve into the rest of the details of my vintage wedding, which took place in Wales in September last year (2015).  I will share all of the information on the venues, suppliers and so forth, but I'm not going into the DIY bits and where we saved money in this one - look out for another installment on 'the budget' if that's what you're interested in.  If it's the outfits that really interest you, then please see the previous post here.  Read on to find out whether I turned into a Bridezilla, or kept my sanity!

The Background
Chris and I met back in 2007, when a dear friend played cupid.  We bought a house and moved in together in 2013, and Chris proposed on holiday the following year.  He was adamant that the wedding should be a year exactly from that day - so, the date was set, and as soon as we returned from holiday we booked the venues.

My Vintage Wedding

The Ceremony
The wedding ceremony was held at the rather imposing looking Cardiff City Hall, a beautiful Edwardian building from 1904.  We've attended weddings there as guests in the past. and knew that the St David's Room within the building would be an elegant choice, as well as being big enough to hold all 70 of our guests.

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

The Reception
After the ceremony we held a reception in the nearby seaside town of Penarth, at a church hall also from around the turn of the century.  The hall is Grade II listed (of architectural importance) and we've attended many events there over the years.  On arrival at the hall, Pimms was served, along with canapes.  The little Mr & Mrs stirrers were ordered from Ebay, and the bride patiently stuck the stickers on each one.

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

Seating was arranged traditional style, in long tables, and it meant we could have 'sharing' starters for the wedding breakfast.  These were enormous slate platters of our favourite kinds of food, including olives, cold meats, falafel, Spanish omelette, stuffed peppers - absolutely delicious!  We put bottles of wine on the tables for people to help themselves to, and we stocked a bar and hired someone to play barmaid.  Being in Wales, one of the main course options was lamb of course.  The caterers, Fresh Food Events, really did such a wonderful job.  We had so many compliments on how good the food was.  In the evening, they supplied a spectacular fruit platter to accompany a tower of cheese we'd ordered from Cenarth in West Wales, and we had lots of olives, crackers, chutneys and such to serve alongside.

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

The Theme
I found myself getting annoyed with questions about 'the theme' and 'colour scheme' because I was adamant that we didn't really have either.  I wanted the 'theme' to just be us and our shared interests.  Inevitably though, our interests of influence were vintage ones, and so the day ended up being a mixture of Deco touches alongside '50s Americana.

The table plan was typed out in a Deco style font, and pinned to a noticeboard within a gold frame.  Menus were also typed up in the same font and laminated (thanks Mum!) and distributed around the tables.  Place cards were hand written on luggage tags, and each female guest had a vintage brooch pinned to their tag.  I spent a year collecting vintage brooches from car boot sales, charity shops and table-top sales.

We kept decorations simple and minimal, with jars of rose petals and mini whisky bottles filled with ivory ostrich feathers, all tied with ribbon and decorated with vintage clips and brooches.  There were also photoframes with slogans, or lyrics from the groom's songs written about the bride, and a display of family wedding photos.  My sister-in-law had swagged white fabric around the hall to hide noticeboards and things like that, and we also tied up bunches of giant fake roses and draped fairy lights everywhere.

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

The Cake
For dessert, we served the wedding cake.  This was a magnificent looking Deco tower, created by one of my sister's neighbours after I sent her a picture from Pinterest.  Isn't it gorgeous?

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

The Speeches
The Best Man made us cry with laughter with a comic song he'd penned for the occasion, recalling amusing childhood memories of his brother the groom.  The music continued with the groom's speech being in the form of a newly written song for his new bride, a really wonderful wedding gift.  There wasn't a dry eye in the room!

My Vintage Wedding

Music & Entertainment
With the groom being a musician by profession, the music at our wedding was a very important part of the day.  I walked in to the ceremony room to 'Hawaiian Wedding Song' by Elvis Presley, and we signed the register to 'Be My Life's Companion' by the Mills Brothers.  Walking out we had 'Sweet Inspiration' by the Sweet Inspirations.  During the drinks reception and meal we had Big Band Swing music playing in the background, and then in the evening the groom took to the stage, followed by a rockabilly band, the John Lewis Trio.  To end the night we had the DJ from the Penarth Soul Club play a mix of soul and rock and roll.  It was great to see so many people on the dancefloor, and people were also entertained with a 'photobooth' in the next room, with lots of silly props.  The atmosphere was wonderful, joy was in the air.

My Vintage Wedding

My Vintage Wedding

The Bride's favourite part of the day
Walking to the hotel at the end of the day, just Chris and I, at 2am, hand-in-hand along the deserted streets with a little mist unfurling under the street lamps.  I'd put on a faux fur shrug for warmth and was carrying my shoes, and Chris was still looking dapper in his lovely suit.  It was silent, and I felt like we'd stepped back in time to the 1920s!

The Groom's favourite part of the day, in response to the Bride asking
"Seeing you walk down the aisle with a smile on your face!"

So there you go, that's our wedding in a nutshell!  Sorry for so many photos!  Next time I'll post about where we saved money and what we splurged on.  Please feel free to email me if you are planning a wedding and have any specific questions.

Supplier List
Photographer: Lorna Lovecraft
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Cardiff City Hall & All Saints Church Hall, Penarth
Bridal car: Dragon Taxis
Cake: Gift made by sister's neighbour
Caterers: Fresh Food Events
DJ: Penarth Soul Club
Live Music: The John Lewis Trio

18 comments:

  1. Oh, that does look perfect, from start to finish. Such lovely venues for the ceremony and reception. And deeply personal, too. The best weddings are always really personal.

    I'd have had a hard time parting with the brooches in your photos! That must have taken some willpower on your part ;-)

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    1. I agree with Mim I could never have handed out those brooches! Once a magpie etc. I love the reception venue, I am in awe of all the planning involved in weddings, even at the smaller end of the scale. Probably another reason why I've never quite got round to it!

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  2. I thought it wasn't cool to have a theme?! I'm just so impressed with how resourceful you were and how you did everything on your own terms, keeping costs down and it still looked AWESOME. I take my (non-thrifted) hat off to you... Also, if my registry office looked like yours, I wouldn't be so adamant I'd never get married in it. Considering I live in Cambridge, you'd expect something more like the above and not the horrendous 'modern' building we've got (I use modern to mean not old and beautiful, but it still manages to look completely dated). I guess some of it is luck as much as anything! xxx

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  3. This is so wonderful! You can tell how each of the elements just "came together" perfectly. It honestly looks like one of the nicest and less stressful weddings I've seen.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. What an elegant affair! Everything looks so put together and very personal.

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  5. Beautiful! You did a brilliant job and the result was something very special and totally you. The early morning walk sounded idyllic. xxx

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  6. Oh my goodness! Congratulations! It looks like such a special and personal day, you look stunning, THAT DRESS!!!! Love the decoration of the cake, I've never seen a deco one before, almost too nice to eat! Hope it's been a very happy start to married life! Yippeeee! Katie x

    http://long-may-she-rain.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. You did an amazing job! It looks like it was such an elegant, personal and special day. I love that both of your interests came together to make it perfectly you. I have to say it again, your dress and veil are amazing x

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  8. Thank you all. It felt a bit haphazard at times but glad it seems to have looked cohesive in the end! And yes, parting with the brooches was a hard task! Xx

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  9. A romantic wedding !! I believe that you ate very well and it was fun for you and guests!

    s.

    http://madhouseautoproduzioni.blogspot.com

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  10. What a lovely wedding! It all sounds so magical.

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  11. It looks like it was a beautiful day, I enjoyed seeing all the personal touches.

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  12. Gorgeous setting for your ceremony and your reception sounds amazing! I love all the personal touches you added. Sounds like it was an amazing day!

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  13. I can't believe I missed reading this! Reading this made me so happy, I'm pretty sure I look like the emoji with the hearts in the yes. Your wedding looks both lovely and low key - beautiful details, like the cake and the rose petals, but not as crazy and stressful as a lot of the brides I know go.

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  14. was a pleasure to shoot your big day! I loved how elegant everything felt and all the little personal touches you put in :) xx

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  15. What an absolutely beautiful wedding. Congratulations to you two! It looks like such a unique and elegant wedding, and I love that everything was just about what both of you love. You look so beautiful, also the cake is amazing too!!

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  16. Great photo story! The musical accompaniment of the wedding is very important, because it creates a mood for not only visitors, but also to the groom and the bride. By the selection of songs in a play list of your celebration is better to treat with the utmost seriousness (I have tried some from http://www.melodyloops.com/music-for/wedding/
    for my wedding)

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  17. Congratulations!! All the decoration and arrangment was well managed

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