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Our Cookie Cutter English Summer Wedding - The Report

So my planning thread died a death after the implementation of the new website here at Y&YW. 

I just couldn't get used to the new format and I was so very busy in the run up to the wedding that I ended up posting on a Facebook group instead. 

I'm hoping that this will help me relive the day as serious wedding blues have kicked in and don't seem to be easing up. 

I've really enjoyed catching up on all of your special days. 


  • We are still waiting for all our professional photos to come through but I thought I'd start by sharing a sneak peek photo and all of our wonderful suppliers. 

    The Day
    Venue - Wentworth Woodhouse
    Day Catering & Coordination - Dine 
    Flowers - Emma Osborne at Unique Wedding Flowers and Chair Covers
    Photography - Lara Frost Photography
    PA, DJ and Lighting - PA Entertainments
    Evening Catering & Bar Services - Pizza-a-Mano, Greedy Little Pig and Drinkin out the Box

    Bridal Attire
    Dress and Veil - Wed2b
    Shoes - Jimmy Choo
    Hair - Leigh at LHL Hair Studio
    Jewellery - Tina Eldor Jewellery at Etsy
    Makeup - Carly Turner

    Groom Attire
    Suit, shoes and Accessories - Moss Bros
    Watch - Hugo Boss

    Bridal Party
    Bridesmaid Dresses - Quiz
    Bridesmaid Shoes - No1 Jenny Packham
    Flower Girl Dresses - Monsoon
    Flower Girl Shows - M&S
    Page Boys Attire - Matalan & Rocco Clothing
  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,957 New bride
    Such a stunning venue, I remember your planning thread - am I right in thinking your venue meant a lot to your family?
  • MrsCToBee said:
    Such a stunning venue, I remember your planning thread - am I right in thinking your venue meant a lot to your family?
    Well remembered, yes, it was a place I visited quite a few times with my late Dad and he loved the building and it's history. I really felt like he was with me on the day so it was lovely.
  • Becky111Becky111 Posts: 222 New bride
    edited September 2019
    Friday 19th July - 8 days away

    To say the last couple of weeks leading up to the wedding was stressful was a bit of an understatement, some of you will remember that we knew the venue would be covered in scaffolding for our day so we would use the back of the house. Well I'd seen a couple of pictures in the run up and it was a little worse than I was expecting. 
    We had a meeting with the venue who really put my mind at rest and allowed us complimentary use of the main state room at the venue for our wedding breakfast. It was the room we originally wanted but to be brutally honest we just couldn't afford it. 

    I walked out of the venue and just burst into tears I had worked myself up into a real state about the whole thing but after the meeting everything started to get exciting instead.

  • Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st - 1 week away
    Nothing really happened whilst I was still at work. I ended up having some fairly intensive MS Treatment in February which meant I was off work for a few weeks. I ended up doing lots of my DIY in that period as I knew I wanted to get it all sorted. 

    The weekend before was mainly finishing off some little bits and having my hair died and coloured. I also spent some time getting the house ready as I'd be hosting the bridesmaids the night before the wedding. 
  • Thursday 25th July - 2 Sleeps to go 

    This was the day all the prep started. It was so incredibly hot. Sat on the tram on the way home from work it was so surreal and bits were sweating that I didn't even know I had. 
    First up on the beautifying itinerary was my eyelash infill, then onto my nails. I opted for a short almond shape with blush/gold glitter.

    I felt ready, but I was like this ball of nervous energy that just wanted to shout from the rooftops that after 11 years we were finally getting married and I was going to be a wife. 

    At this point I'd decided to stop worrying about the weather. What better place to get married when the weather is rubbish than a building that has more rooms than days of the year. 
  • BooshBoosh Posts: 35 New bride
    Wow your venue is stunning! That picture <3 
    Can't wait to hear more about your day! 
  • Becky111Becky111 Posts: 222 New bride
    Friday 26th July - The day before the wedding

    The day started like they all had in the past couple of weeks. Wide awake at 4.30ish. I suddenly felt overwhelmed by things to do. 

    Karl was still fast asleep so I decided to make a cup of tea. One of our dogs followed me downstairs and gave me some much needed comfort whilst I sat on the sofa and panicked about everything I had left to do. 

    The weather was dry but much cooler. It was looking promising but I still didn't want to get my hopes up. 

    I went through my lists and got myself prepared for what lay ahead. 

    First task of the day was to pick my mum up as she was staying at mine the night before the wedding. 

    Mum was brimming with excitement. It all felt a bit surreal still. We called at Aldi on the way and picked up some Bucks Fizz and some nibbly bits for the next morning. I also got myself some lovely light pink rose for the night time with the girls. 

    We called at Karl's parents house on the way back and picked up the macaroons. I'd put them in their little acetate boxes already and all we had to do was put the ribbons on. This ended up taking ages! Mum just couldn't get the hang of it bless her. Karl was supervising. 

    Finally done and a nail shot. 

    Karl, Mum and I started to bring everything from the spare room downstairs ready to load into the car. 

    Karl's mum arrived and we started loading all of the bits and bobs into the car. Just as I loaded the last mirror and easel it started to rain, Karl was chatting to our neighbours and I just wanted to get everything sorted so I could relax. This is when it started to feel stressful. 

  • Becky111Becky111 Posts: 222 New bride
    Friday 26th July 2019 - Continued

    So we had to go to the front of the venue to be given access to the back, It was so exciting driving up the huge drive. Sitting on the reception desk was this lovely little frame which said that our civil ceremony will be held there on the next day. It was starting to feel very real.

    We got the rear gates etc opened and off we went to start unloading.

    Emma the florist was already there starting some of the floral decor. They looked amazing already but she had only just started and she would be finishing everything off in the morning. 

  • Becky111Becky111 Posts: 222 New bride
    Friday 26th July - Continued ..

    Unloading everything was easy but it was starting to become quite stressful. I had mum, Karl's mum and the venue coordinator all asking me where things went. I just needed to think but people were unpacking things and moving things around. Time was ticking on and I really wasn't happy with how some of the things were looking, it looked very DIY (because it was) but I think the venue saved me, and overall it would have to do. 

    Time was ticking on we still had to pick up the cake and bring my dress and the bridesmaids things from home. 

    We went to Karl's mums first to pick up my dress where it had been hung and steamed since Thursday night.

    Loading it into the dress bag and into the car was so surreal. 

    Then it was off to mine to pick up the rail and bridesmaid dresses and shoes etc. Everything fit in the care and we happily went off to pick up the cake. We were rushing a little at this point the poor venue coordinator was staying behind for us. 
  • Becky111Becky111 Posts: 222 New bride
    edited October 2019
    Karl's mums friend had kindly done the cake for us and it was beautiful. I was so happy with it. It was so heavy and now we just had to get it to the venue. 

    Me and mum sat in the back with the cake sat on the arm rest as it was flat. We had to have the square of the clothes rail around us. It's amazing how bumpy the roads are when your holding your wedding cake in the back seat of the car. 

    After what felt like forever we reached the venue. Now just to carry it up the big set of stairs and get it placed in the room. We lost a few petals I must say but it looked even more lovely in the room. My mother in law had hired two cake stands and they were both awful but this was the better out of the two. I was upset about it but what can you do.

    Once the cake was set up and ready  The cake stand actually didn't look too bad in the setting. 

    It was time to get the clothes hung ready for the morning. Hanging my dress up in the next room at the venue and laying out all the little accessories I had deliberated over was very exciting. 

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