Being a huge lover of shabby chic I thought it would only be right to incorporate this into my wedding day and night. I've loved this style for a few years now, even before it became popular. I remember saying 'shabby chic' to a few people, only to be asked 'what's that?' - Now the shops can't get enough of it.
Lets get things straight first though.. I'm not due to get married anytime soon. I have been with my boyfriend for over 6 years now and we're not engaged, but being a woman, I've had in my head for some time now how I'd love my wedding day to be...
So.. here is my ideal wedding day..
I'd hope I'd create my own as I love doing crafts. In this I'd give a hint of the theme to the guests. My invitation would be a little more personal than others; in their RSVP slip I'd ask them to write a song that they would like to be played by the DJ in the evening. I think this is such a fab idea, it helps to involve others, hopefully get them up on the dancefloor (!) as well as adding a touch of uniqueness. I love this little white lace effect envelope and would love for something similar.
Although I'm a fairly shy person and hate being in the spotlight, I would want quite a grand setting and entrance for exchanging our vows because.. I think that's what weddings are all about. I'm not religious however not having a church wedding would just seem... wrong. I've been to registry office weddings before and they're just not for me. If money was no object then getting married in a castle would be quite dreamy too... I'd feel like a proper princess!
Lets talk dresses. I often either hear others talking or watch certain programmes on TV and women take forever and a day to choose their wedding dress. I am quite a fussy shopper but when it comes to wedding dresses, I do seem easily pleased. I definitely wouldn't want a huge meringue style dress, but something more elegant, floor length and fitted (although I'd have to lose a bit of weight beforehand mind!). I definitely wouldn't want any colour except white, or much 'bling', I'd want to keep it elegant and classic, yet stylish. I'm absolutely loving lace dresses with sleeves like the one below. I'm rather fussy when it comes to my make-up so I'd probably want to do my own on the big day, keeping it fairly natural, with possibly a smokey eye and nude lip. As for my hair, I'm terrible, so I'd definitely be ordering a hairdresser! I'm still undecided whether I'd have it up or down, either way, I think a small amount of sparkle or a little flower in hair wouldn't go amiss. I love getting my nails done; I would go for natural manicured gel nail with maybe a touch of sparkle on my accent finger. My shoes would have to be a heeled platform as I'm pretty small, and my boyfriend towers over me at 6ft 1 so a little height would be much appreciated, although I can't promise I won't take them off towards the end of the night! As far as a handbag goes, I couldn't go without one. I'd go for a small beaded clutch that would tie in with my dress.
I really like this unique idea of sewing the inside hem of your dress with the date you got married on in blue cotton... (and a reminder of your wedding date in the later years when the memory begins to fail!). It's hidden but there if people ask..
I'd have 3 bridesmaids, all my closest friends. Sticking with the shabby chic theme, I'd have to go for something pastel. I think going for pink can often be a little typical and a little too girly so I'd probably opt for something a little more unusual, for example lilac. Either way, I'd ensure that this colour would run throughout the whole of the wedding. My bridesmaids dresses would be floor length maxi dresses as I think they hide a multitude of sins and I know how comfortable these dresses make women feel. I liked the idea of these engraved coat hangers too for when we are all getting ready.. I can imagine the scene now as I type, so labeled coat hangers maybe the way forward! My 3 year old niece would be a flower girl, and she'd wear something very similar to the dress below, and carry a cute white wicker basket with lots of pastel coloured flowers in to sprinkle around..
I'm a sucker for a man in a suit, so I know my suits! I'd want the men to wear light grey suits with white shirts and a lilac flower for their pinhole!
I love silver jewellery so I'd have to have a silver ring that's fairly dainty looking, but with a diamond or two in for extra sparkle!
Instead of expecting people to turn up with boxes of cheap confetti that gets stuck everywhere, I'd have these floral cones handed to them as they arrived for the ceremony. They would be filled with lavender to throw over us instead (which would smell much nicer and kinda' tie in with the colour theme!).
The photographer would have to have some quirky ideas up his sleeve in order to entice me because I'm pretty picky when it comes to this stuff. I'd want someone who would get the guests doing all sorts of silly things from star jumps in the air to comical ones with the groom and best man. Traditional loved-up ones are nice, but I don't want my album full of them.
Transport to and from the reception would again, have to be something vintage-y. I'm not really into cars so I think this wouldn't be a huge issue for me when booking, something open topped (providing its not raining... I don't do weddings on rainy days!) with all the flower and ribbon trimmings would suit me fine. A horse and carriage would be nice! On the way to the reception both myself and the groom would indulge in a glass of champagne, of course.
The Reception Venue...
Now this is where I'd be beyond fussy. The room has to look perfect. The dancefloor has to be the right size. The lighting has got to be right. The tables and chairs can't look cheap. There has to be a bar INSIDE the room. The list goes on...
As the guests arrive they will face the 'seating plan' table. Here, not only will you find your seats, but a timeline of our life together, from the date it began, right up to the present day, and all the little events in between. Usually guests only know either the bride or the groom, and not both, so it will help give them an insight into our lives as they celebrate with us. On the same table will lay a vintage decorated old suitcase that will house all the cards and gifts that guests may wish to give.
I'd love the head table to be draped in white lace to the floor, with little white fairy lights tucked behind it, so they twinkle through the lace. Each guest chair would have a huge ruffled lilac flower on the back.
The table settings is another thing that I would struggle with. I've got so much inspiration in my head that yet again, I'm spoilt for choice! I love how the napkins below have been designed to look like bows, with pearl detailing. I really like this idea so I'd probably go for something similar (but lilac!). Each table would be full of DIY mason jars that would be covered in lace and flowers, with a tea light candle flickering inside. Knives and forks would be wrapped up in a doilie, similar to the photo below, but with lilac ribbon as opposed to brown rustic rope. Gestures are always hard because finding something to suit everyone can be tricky. I think I'd give everyone a rolled up lottery ticket with 1 line of (hopefully!) winning numbers! I'd have some sort of small activity pack for the kids to keep themselves occupied whilst waiting in-between courses!
Outside on the lawn there would be a few trees. I'd save old glass bottles (which I would have already painted lilac and white with acrylic paint). I'd pop flowers of the alternate colour in each bottle and hang them to the branches.
As the food begins to get served, I'd have a grand piano in the corner with a pianist playing some nice 'tunes' in the background as all my guests natter.
Food wise, I'd go for something traditional that involves meat and vegetables, you can't really grumble at that (unless you're vegetarian!). For dessert I'd make sure there were a few to chose from as I can (just!) appreciate that not everyone is a lover of chocolate.
The evening food would consist of a hog roast on the lawn outside. There would be cake stands full of yummy cupcakes and a treats table (mainly for the kids), full of sweets, ready to fill their pic'n'mix cups! (just don't blame me for their sweet-highs!). As the sun goes down, mini bottles of champagne on ice would be available for the adults and an old-fashioned retro lemonade stand would be waiting for the children. There would also be a chocolate fountain trickling away, ready for fresh strawberries and marshmallows to be dipped in. Yummy!
The wedding cake would look a little something like this.. I'm hoping those beads are edible too!
The suns' gone down, the stars as up but there's still a warm breeze in the air. The music's playing, the drinks are flowing. Guests can grab a complimentary sparkler as they watch a firework display. This would be part of the evenings entertainment as we take part in our first dance (song yet to be decided!). I love photography so I can imagine this to be the perfect backdrop to any first dance. I'd have a photo-booth overflowing with props that guests can go wild with and create some fantastic photos with. I'd purposely open this in the evening though once the drinks were flowing, just for comedy effect for the photos. There would be a polaroid camera nearby for the guests to use whilst in the photo-booth. They would then be instructed to take the instant photo that they've just created to a small line with cute little lilac pegs. Once they've found their name pegged up, they replace it with their photo. These photo's will be taken home by us for memories.
I have this thing where the honeymoon timing would have to be perfect. I think everyone should get married one day, spend the night in the hotel and jet off the next day. I hear of people getting married then going on honeymoon months later... I couldn't do that! The Honeymoon destination has already been decided between me and my boyfriend - Florida. Florida is somewhere close to my heart as I went there quite a lot as a child. I went back there for the first time in 13 years last year, and brought my boyfriend along, which was his first time. He fell in love with it and I absolutely love it too. We're big kids at heart when it comes to theme parks etc, and as you can imagine, Florida have some of the best in the world, so we'd spend a week there being adrenalin junkies, and then jet off to Cuba for a remaining week for some relaxation beach time to recharge our batteries before the dreaded trip home. I'd definitely have to seek out a honeymoon suite with a private Jacuzzi and sea view.. I have a love for the ocean so I'd have my head in the clouds waking up to this every morning....
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