Today is mine and Dan's one month anniversary can you believe that?! How quickly it has flow by, it feels like just yesterday I was sharing my engagement story here. After months of planning, hours spent on Pinterest and insurmountable amounts of stress Dan and I finally tied the knot and it was the most special day of our lives, I know everyone says that, but truly it was. When we got engaged 18 months ago we knew that we were planning something small and we decided fairly quickly that we wanted to get married in London. Whilst London might seem like the last option for a couple planning a wedding on a budget, it actually made the most sense to us, it was the place Dan and I both met, the place where Dan had grown up and the place where nearly all of our friends lived. When deciding our 'theme' we opted for relaxed, cool, industrial vibes with lots of neutrals tones, greenery and Rose Gold which was the design of my engagement ring. When possible we tried to add personal touches which meant something to us, one thing I wanted was for the day to reflect Dan and I as people. Many of you asked for me to write blog posts to share with you parts of the wedding, so for the next few weeks I will be sharing with you my suppliers, my prep up until the wedding and 'how-to' guides for things that we crafted ourselves. I hope you love it as much as we did.
First up is all the deets on our venue and our Decor!
When choosing our wedding venue we knew wanted something with industrial vibes more specifically a warehouse. Surprisingly, there aren't as many as you might think and those that are wedding appropriate come with a hefty price tag. When we found St Chads Place we fell in love with it immediately, it had everything we wanted in a venue, a big space, a bar and kitchen already available to us, an outside space and a vert central location. Finding the ceremony venue was easy peasy, we chose Camden Town Hall as it was just a six minute walk around the corner from St Chads and it had a beautiful marble stairwell that I just fell for immediately. We saved heaps on travel costs by walking and the walk was actually one of the nicest moments of the day. The town hall may not have looked much from the outside but the inside was so beautiful, with a huge marble stair case and a beautiful registry room for us to perform our vows. The cost of a registry office wedding is much lower than hiring a venue that performs weddings, as you usually have to pay a hire fee plus the cost of a registrar. We are so glad we chose to keep the cost low, as although the ceremony is special it is only twenty minutes long, which believe me goes seriously quickly.
Our Decor and Flowers
With the warehouse venue having the industrial vibes we were already after, we only needed to add small touches to bring it all together. I bought my pom poms online in batch and chose a natural palate of colours, all of which I wanted in very neutral in tones. The colours I opted for were Ivory, Vanilla, Kraft and Tan. I ordered 70 in total and they complimented the wood beams so perfectly. For our table plan we chose a simple hessian runner with greenary along the length of the table and dotted along my DIY rose gold flower displays. (will write a DIY post on this in later posts)
Choosing a florist proved difficult but when I found Wild Renata Flowers we clicked immediately. Lara totally got my vision for my bouquets and for the decorative greenery. I loved the use of the large roses and eucalyptus leaves which perfectly complimented my theme with the blush tones but also gently lifted with the use of the lilacs. Basically she was a total dream to work with and she even helped set up the room on the day, so if you are looking for a florist you need to look her up.
Our wedding favors
When I first began looking for favors I got lost in a sea of ideas, most of which ended up working out rather expensive. Our friends who had been married advised that favors often worked out expensive and a waste of money (many people leave the gifts behind) or some even forgot to take them on the day. It felt important to me to have some kind of gift, and as Dan and I are major foodies it made sense to us to incorporate that element into the favors. We opted to make home made chilli jam using a Nigella recipe, as well as a can of Dan's favorite craft beer and a mini homemade donut that we ordered from our favorite London donut maker Vicky's Donuts which we placed in a box that I designed and made myself. It was important for me to keep the table layout from looking busy so we chose to use our favor bags to multi function as a way to display our menu. The incredibly talented Ella Masters wrote our Spanish Tapas menu by hand in gorgeous calligraphy which helped add a really beautiful personal touch. We also printed individual photos of our friends from Sticky 9 which created our table plan, 'find your face, find your place'. Everyone loved our personal gifts and we were so happy we chose to do something that matched our personality rather than just following the same ideas as Pinterest. My only advise when planning your decor is to make more than one visit to your venue, and always take measurements, believe me you will need them through out planning.
I hope you have enjoyed the first part in my wedding series, in the next few posts I will be sharing with you more of my wonderful suppliers, DIY How To's and many more of my wedding photos. Do let me know if you have any questions as I would be more than happy to answer.*Photos are by Kirsty Mackenzie Photography and Insta Wedding