As you have read from my first wedding blog, our venue was the most expensive aspect of the whole day. But after we got engaged, I knew there would be a lot of friends and family I could turn to for help and to save us money. We were so lucky as to how much help we actually got with a lot of the wedding, it really is who you know in this world!
The Cake. I am a very very lucky person in the fact that my auntie and uncle are the most incredible cake makers. It isn’t their job, they just have one fantastic talent! They have been making our birthday cakes for as long as I can remember, my 21st being incredible (A barbie with a cake dress, on a ‘sea’ of vodka jelly – unreal), and so I knew I would ask them to make our wedding cake. I was never set on an exact design as this was one thing I was struggling with, so I gave them a few hints but pretty much left them to their own devises. We wanted the cake to be in keeping with the colour theme and I had seen on Pinterest a few cakes which included quotes or song lyrics. We have a quote from a film called ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ which means a lot to us and so we knew we had to include that also. The weather on the day was over 30 degrees and my poor Uncle was so worried the cake had melted on the way up, he spent most of the day making sure it wasn’t tipping over. But they really did deliver the goods, it was better than I ever imagined and I was over the moon with it!
Hair. My god, the one thing that stressed me out the most about my whole wedding was how I was going to have my hair. Tradition and etiquette practically tells you it must be up with some kind of curl or plait and a birds nest in it, well not quite but you get what I mean. I’m so conscious about my hair and my ears, and I could never find a style online that stood out for me. Luckily, my amazing hairdresser Hannah, also happens to be my future sister in law (she is Marc’s brothers fiance), and so I could be as much as a bridezilla to her as possible. I wasn’t a bridezilla lets just get that story straight, but if I had someone I didn’t know and couldn’t be completely comfortable with, I would have found it awkward to say what I did and didn’t like. It was literally 4 days before the wedding that we decided on my final hairstyle and it couldn’t have been more perfect on the day. Hannah had 3 adult bridesmaids, one flower girl and myself to do, and we were all complete with plenty of time, in a very smooth and calm conveyor belt. Us leaving early meant Hannah had time to get herself ready for the wedding and all of our hair stayed perfect for the whole day!
Make up. So for those who follow me on here and Instagram, you’ll probably know I’m really not a girly girl and I haven’t the faintest idea about make up – I wouldn’t know what a highlighter is if you put it in front of me and I don’t think I’ve ever really owned a foundation. So the thought of wedding make up was a bit daunting. Luckily, two of my bridesmaids are very savvy with a make up brush and were happy to help! So as there were four of us, Holly did my make up and her own, and Sarah did her own make up and my MOH (who also happens to be her sister). This way we all felt really comfortable in what we had on make up wise, there was no over the top faces, everyone was very pretty and almost natural and I was so happy with all of it!
Entertainment. I always knew I wanted a live singer for during the reception drinks and to sing my first dance, and once I picked my singer, we discussed more options such as the bridal entrance song and singing during the signing of the register. The singer I chose had the most unreal voice, I had heard her a few times before and pretty much contacted her as soon as I got engaged. She also happens to be a friend of mine who I have known for many years! And the best bit? Wedding singing isn’t even her profession, this was simply a favour to me as a friend. How amazing? For the Bridal Profession she sang Bruno Mars ‘Just the way you are’ acapella, during the signing of the register ‘I’m kissing you’ from Romeo and Juliet, our first dance was John Legend ‘All of me’, and the father daughter dance was Barry Manilow ‘who needs to dream’. She then sung an array of songs during the drinks ceremony, with a few musical numbers which you can see on my instagram! Every guest came up to me and commented on how amazing and talented she was, and some (including the male guests) got emotional at a few of her slower, love songs. Thank you Emma, for being the best wedding singer I could have asked for! Along side this, I have to thank my brother for pulling out the stops to ensure we had the best technical equipment for Emma, so thanks bruv!
Cars. So because I was already at the venue before everyone else I didn’t need to show up in a fancy car, infact, myself and 4 others crammed into my punto to arrive to the venue! Marc and his boys on the other side wanted something stylish. My MIL and her husband have good connections in the car dealership industry, meaning a nice little vehicle could be borrowed for the day to ensure the boys arrived in comfort and class. So in their gorgeous suits, my hubby to be, the best man and the ushers turned up in the nicest white Range Rover, perfect for them!
My daddy. Okay so from my previous blog you would’ve heard me mention my Dad making me something. That wasn’t the only thing, my dad really went above and beyond when it came to his skilled handywork! First of all, he made me the M&C you may have seen in my photos, which were displayed in our ceremony room behind us. They were simple yet put that personal touch on the wedding room. He then made the wedding favours for all the children/babies, which were a heart or football keyring, engraved with a message from the two of us. Lastly, he made my photo booth frame, painted it white and had it engraved with Mr and Mrs Irving, perfect for those selfies! He did so much and I cannot thank him enough!
So overall, we got a lot of help from people who really made the day that bit more personal, and I really was so thankful for all of the help from everyone! My advice for planning a wedding really is find out who and where you have connections, because the smallest gesture will go a long way and save a lot of money!