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A DIY-filled Walcot Hall Wedding — Part Two!

By Claire

Bev told me the DIY was hard work but it meant they had the most per­son­alised wed­ding. She said there was noth­ing they would have changed. Nath spent many a week­end stamp­ing quotes from films and songs on cards that were placed around the venue, and this loveli­est of cou­ples took the time to write a small per­sonal mes­sage on the back of each person’s place set­ting tag — it’s one of the lovely touches that prove to me that details on a wed­ding day can mean so much to peo­ple. The trick is to find a bal­ance — and Bev and Nath did it perfectly!

All the wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy is by Lan­cashire wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher Emma B. She comes highly rec­om­mended! Don’t for­get to check out the sup­plier list at the end of today’s blog post too. And have a fab day everyone!

Love, Claire xxx

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Bev and Nath’s DIY Wal­cot Hall wed­ding — part two!

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Just gath­ered’ wed­ding flowers

Our venue rec­om­mended the florist. Sarah (www.flowersbysarahjanemidwood.com) was so lovely and imme­di­ately under­stood our ‘just gath­ered from the gar­den’ look! Fam­ily and friends were charged with the job of col­lect­ing old vases and jam jars for the months before the wed­ding and these were filled with blooms on the tables. I love hydrangeas and these were the key flow­ers in the bou­quets. The best men (all three!) had deep pink roses with rose­mary that smelt lovely. Nath had a lovely ‘mini-bouquet’ but­ton hole mir­ror­ing some of the flow­ers I had in mine.

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Wed­ding decor — DIY done beau­ti­fully by Nath and Bev!

Dec­o­rat­ing the room was so much fun. Nath spent many a week­end stamp­ing quotes from films and songs on cards that we put around the venue. We had some pho­tos of all our grand­par­ents of their wed­ding day and a vin­tage suit­case for all the cards.

The venue dressers (chilliebreeze.com) did a great job with the chair cov­ers and the blos­som tree. One of the things we did which went down really well with every­one was to write a small per­sonal mes­sage on the back of each person’s place set­ting tag. Get­ting to see the delight and humor on everyone’s face when they spot­ted this was great and well worth the time spent.

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In terms of food, we wanted to try and get away from the wed­ding norm, and given our love of all things Ital­ian, espe­cially the food, we did not waste any time in agree­ing on huge shar­ing bowls of lasagne with a shar­ing plat­ter of antipasti to start.

The pre-wedding break­fast canapés were mini flat­breads topped with a vari­ety of deli­cious meats, veg and fish. The food was pro­vided by a com­pany called A2Zest (www.a2zest.co.uk/) and they also did hot pork rolls in the evening and put on a break­fast for the friends and fam­ily who had stayed at the venue the fol­low­ing morning.

When we first met with the staff at A2Zest we were so impressed by their enthu­si­asm and the way they bought in to our ideas, we knew that we would not go wrong with them, and they did not let us down, the food was absolutely incred­i­ble.

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The wed­ding music — a real highlight!

Music plays such a big part in our lives and we spent ages fine tun­ing our playlist for the wed­ding break­fast and evening enter­tain­ment. We have so many friends and fam­ily who love to get on a stage and sing so we had always thought karaoke would be a good option.

How­ever, we did a bit of research and stum­bled upon some­thing called ban­deoke, done by a group called The One Hit Won­ders (www.thebandeokeband.com). We could not turn this down, every­one dreams of being a rock star and get­ting the oppor­tu­nity to sing with a pro­fes­sional band was just perfect!

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This part of the evening’s enter­tain­ment went down so well with every­one, we were amazed at some of the peo­ple who jumped at the chance to get on the mic (once they had man­aged to wres­tle it off the two of us!). I would highly rec­om­mend these guys because they are also a great band in their own right, and it broke up the evening so well before our playlist kicked in later on.

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Wed­ding day advice with a smile!

All in all it was the most per­fect day. The DIY was hard work but it meant we had the most per­son­alised wed­ding and there was noth­ing we would have changed.

My main advice would be to take a moment on the day to look around and take every­thing in, relax and have an amaz­ing time!

The groom rec­om­mends to del­e­gate jobs on the big day (it really isn’t nec­es­sary for you per­son­ally to hang all the lanterns.….) oh & try hard not to be sick in the court­yard at 2am (some­thing he didn’t quite man­age to avoid!).

Bev (& Nath) xx

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Rec­om­mended wed­ding sup­pli­ers: Wal­cot Hall wedding



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