Ok, I promise, I’m almost done with wedding posts for now, but I just wanted to share a few little details with you…

I can honestly say I’ve never dreamed of a large fairytale wedding in a castle, with me in a meringue dress. I know that’s what the storybooks told me. I know that’s what I’m supposed to want that, but I just don’t. I’m more of a ‘Once Wed’ (http://Www.oncewed.com) kind of girl – if you haven’t seen Once Wed, it’s full of hipster weddings, in barns, or on mountain tops, with brides in hippie gowns and guys in quirky waistcoats. They have dinner tables in meadows bedecked with jam jars of peonies, or planks of wood, laid out on scaffolding in warehouses with vintage vases. They make their own favours and have burlesque entertainment. That’s what I’m talking about!

I knew right off that all the little details were important to me. Let me explain:

The favours:

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I’ve always loved wedding favours – I think it’s an extension of my love of gift giving. I knew I wanted it to be something handmade but inexpensive. I put my passion for chutney to good use and saved jars to pot up my favourite caramelised onion chutney. I spray painted the lids a lovely turquoise and added printed labels and name tags.

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The flowers:

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I got really stuck when choosing flowers. I didn’t want to be stressed on the day trying to buy fresh flowers and I couldn’t find any non living, button bouquets that I liked. I happened to mention this to best buddy Becca and she replied “Well, you do know my mum used to be a florist, don’t you?”. I had no idea but I did know my troubles were over! I handed over to Grandma Jane (Becca’s Mum!) and she did a beautiful job. I asked for simple bunches of Gypsophila for the Bridesmaids and the same for me with some added freesias.

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When they arrived they took my breath away. Grandma Jane said the florist always has to have some artistic license so she’d added some teal ribbon and tiny pearls. So beautiful and perfectly in keeping with my theme.

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The table decorations:

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Our place cards were an afterthought – the Dr ran down to The Range and bought them the day before and I wrote them out, adding a fact about each person on the reverse as an ice breaker: some silly, some whimsical and all very personal.

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As I’m a primary school teacher, my current class are always a big part of my life. I had told them about the wedding and had been intrigued and amused by their reactions! I decided to ask them what they thought love was and to get them to write that on hearts which were scattered around the table.

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“Love is when you have feelings for somebody and will keep a promise to each other and never tell lies to each other – Honey”

I also used Pinterest for inspiration – why wouldn’t you? A while back I had spotted a table runner that was made from lots of vintage lace doilies sewn together which just seemed perfect. I got on eBay, spent about £20 on doilies and my Mum and I sewed them together.

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It was super cheap and no need for superior sewing skills as it just required a few tacking stitches here and there.

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I had one final idea that I liked. I wanted to get some little badges made. I found a company online that were very reasonable. Mr T’s Shirts ( http://www.mrtsshirts.co.uk) did me a deal of about £25 for 100 badges. I was very happy with the service and quality and they were just another little souvenir of the day for my guests.

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So these are my finishing touches, my little flourishes and the things I think really made the day. None of them expensive, all of them with some element of handmade and all created with love.

It is with a handmade flourish I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

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