The sun shone down on our picturesque church, overlooking the lush green Yorkshire countryside this August bank holiday and the guests started to filter in. The scene was set for our big day.
My vintage, transport to the church was a 1970s, dark red Daymler, driven by my dad’s best mate KC . He made quite the dapper driver in his pink, linen suit and almost stole the show as we pulled up to All Saints in Kirkby Overblow.
The nerves really started to kick in as they played the bridal march as I waited at the entrance then made my way to join Derek at the front. Friends and family were a complete blur as I walked down the aisle.. I just remember thinking it would be just typical of me, if I were to trip over my super long veil!
Following the ceremony we arrived at Wharfedale Grange for the reception. We spent two days decorating it, and have to admit it did look soooo good with the lace drapes, hanging ivy and coloured bunting. Alas, the sun didn’t last and it poured with rain, but nobody seemed to mind as the good times rolled.
Our band The After Hours Quintet played mashed up Jazz, and classic rock well into the small hours, creating an unbelievable atmosphere. We partied hard in a swirling rainbow-coloured dancefloor, surrounded by twinkling lights that looked looked like stars; it was electric. Great music, great guests and awesome memories; we couldn’t have asked for more. It was the best day or our lives.
Here’s a few of things we did for our DIY wedding. Even if you don’t live in Yorkshire it may provide some help and inspiration if you are thinking of taking the plunge!
- Find a field and a teepee These two things alone provide a perfect blank canvas and will look totally stunning with very little else. We went with Totally Tipi and Wharfedale grange. Two tipi tents were enough for 100 guests; cosy and intimate without being cramped.
- Create a top table backdrop with a lace tablecloth One way to decorate your venue for very little cost and maximum effect, is to create areas of interest with drapes. Originally I wanted a backdrop to disguise the music equipment. Totally Tipi put up a wooden frame and I hung a lace tablecloth and dreamcatcher onto it. This ended up creating the most stunning DIY backdrop behind the top table and a real focal point.
- Go for a 20s or 70s vintage dress to match Glory days vintage in York provided me with the most stunning heavy satin, 20s style dress, cathedral length veil and headpiece. The design was a silk “Zena” dress from their Rolling In Roses collection and as the 20s is closely linked to the 70s in style, it was perfect for a boho wedding.
- Green ivy to complement and save on cost The good thing about dark greens is you get more bang for your buck as they look really full and a little goes along way. Our top table hanging piece was actually made from on a cheese board! I also made hanger from branches for the centre of the room and covered it with more lush dark green hanging ivy.
- Collect lace and throws early to fill your space on a budget Start collecting a year before, you will be grateful you did. I used a lot of lace from Ebay and markets. I didn’t use all of it but it didn’t matter as the cost was minimal. Plus it was lots of fun rummaging through everything as your ideas and plan starts to come together.
- Ethnic touches and fringing to finish I used a vintage fringed shawl at the front of our top table and placed Moroccan lanterns either side. We hired these as they are expensive to buy. Our bunting was from a Thai shop on Etsy and the purple fringing hanging above was a simple trim brought from a haberdashery. Anything Moroccan/ ethnic and fringed works really well with a boho theme.
Some useful advice
- Don’t forget the little things You have hired people to do the job, but you will have to be on top of everything such as glass hire, cutlery, and drinks. Suppliers are there for advice but they are all individual providers. So unless you have a wedding planner it’s down to you to remember the details. Have a broad plan and build on it.
- Consider a partial wedding planner It’s really important you have someone to co- ordinate on the day. You may be drinking (a lot) you don’t want to think about topping up wine, organising the first dance and cake cutting, these are the important details you don’t need to worry about on the day itself. A partial planner is there on the day and typically meets you 6 weeks before.
- Don’t get hung up on the weather In a teepee or marquee cooler weather can be a blessing in disguise. Everyone came in saw the band and we were able to crack on with the fire pit without everyone being too warm. Grey skies work well on photos too, because you aren’t squinting in the sunlight.
- Consider a DIY DJ Kit for background music If you have a band and DJ what about background music for the food before they arrive? We hired a DIY DJ kit and plugged in our itunes so we could love all the music- not just some of it. Sod the harps, during our food our playlist was Hayseed Dixie; banjo covers of classic rock. We wanted something lively when people were eating their hogroast and it was damn good.
- Fag canapé gazebo tent– just really useful if it rains.
Special thanks to Photographer – Natasha Cadman , Partial Wedding planner Angela Jackson, Totally Tipi, Bar Hire Solutions, Hayley at Glory Days Vintage and Claire Thomas for the flowers. Any questions get in touch!